How to Show Leadership
The myOptions Team
Leadership ability is definitely an important component of your college application if you’re applying to a competitive school; however, not all students are born leaders.
The most obvious way of showcasing your leadership ability is to hold a leadership position in one of your clubs, groups, or sports.
Becoming the captain of a team, the President of your class, or the Secretary of a club shows that you are willing to take on extra responsibility compared to your peers and also shows the amount of respect you have from either your peers if you were elected, or your teachers if you were appointed.
But let’s say you didn’t win the popularity contest and even though you really really wanted to get elected to an officer position, it just didn’t pan out.
There are still ways for you to prove that you’re a leader without having a title.
The easiest way is to take on extra responsibility in a group despite not having a title.
For example, if you’re in the drama club, you might stay after practice is over to help paint the set, or if you might volunteer to build the float for your homecoming parade.
Taking on extra tasks despite not having a title is a surefire way to show that you’re not doing things just for a title, but instead are a team player and step up whenever it’s necessary.
Another way you can showcase your leadership ability without having a specific title is to organize a project or an activity of your own. For example, if you’re really interested in robotics, or entrepreneurship, or improv comedy, you might consider forming your own club at your school.
It will definitely take a lot of work, but the idea of starting something from scratch and building it up is pretty impressive in the eyes of a college admissions officer.
If the idea of creating your own club or group sounds too daunting, you might want to opt for something on a smaller scale like a car wash to raise money for your favorite charity, or coordinating a group of people to participate in a 5k run/walk for a charity.
Lastly, you can showcase leadership with any job you hold because the idea of earning money, managing your responsibilities, balancing that with schoolwork, and learning about the value of money is highly respected by admissions officers.