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University at Buffalo Student Leader Handbook Chapter 1: Getting Started Page 1 of 9 Getting Started: What is Leadership? What are Goals and Objectives?
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University at Buffalo Student Leader Handbook Chapter 1: Getting Started Page 2 of 9 Definitions of Leadership “Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential.” ± Warren Bennis “Leadership is the process of persuasion and example by which an individual (or leadership team) induces a group to take action that is in accord with the leader’s purpose or the shared purposes of all.” ± John W. Gardner How do YOU define leadership? What is Leadership? Leadership is a dynamic process, which deserves study. As pointed out in the definitions: It is a relational process involving interactions among leaders, members and sometimes outside constituencies. It is a quality and skill, which is both admired and needed in our society. Students involved in campus activities have an exceptional opportunity to expand their understanding of leaders and leadership and to develop their own leadership skills. As a student leader, you have the opportunity to develop skills, which will contribute to the quality of your life on and off campus. However, before we can lead others we should know ourselves. This requires thoughtful and reflective self–assessment. Take time to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Develop a self-improvement plan. Build on you strengths. Start now to work on developing and/or improving the behaviors and competencies you consider drawbacks to your effectiveness.
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University at Buffalo Student Leader Handbook Chapter 1: Getting Started Page 3 of 9 In a campus setting, you learn to deal with the time restraints and intellectual demands of the academic calendar. It can be stressful, but with planning it is manageable. In addition, you should recognize the importance of anticipating and preparing for the leadership transition each year. It can be extremely important to the ongoing vitality and long-term goals of your group. Along with these activities, you and your members also gain valuable experience in goal setting, organizing, delegating, decision making, team building, communicating, problem solving, resolving conflicts, marketing, budgeting, or even failing and learning mistakes. As an officer of your group, it is important: That you be aware of the general and specific responsibilities you hold in the organization.
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