When it comes down to it, being a leader is a lot of hard work. You have to motivate others, get things accomplished, and stay resilient during tough times. So, what's the point? Check out the following benefits when you start to wonder whether being a leader is actually worth the effort.
As a leader, you'll gain many new skills and improve upon others. For example:
- Improved communication skills. Learning how to share ideas and motivate others will help when you get a job, enter the military, or head off to college.
- More confidence. With every leadership task you complete, your confidence will grow and help you get through difficult times.
- Improved decision-making ability. Being able to make tough decisions is an important skill at any age, but the more you practice, the easier it gets.
- Increased resilience. As a leader, you'll learn new and better ways to handle life's challenges.
You can use your leadership experience for practical purposes, like:
- College applications. Colleges recruit youth leaders, so this is where you can take credit for the club or study group you started, your position on the student council, etc.
- Job and internship opportunities. In today's economy, it is not easy to find quality employment. Leadership experience sets your résumé apart and lets employers know that you are motivated and able to get things done.
- Scholarships. Be sure to look for scholarship opportunities tailored to youth leaders.
You'll find that good things come from being a leader, such as:
- The positive feelings you'll experience. When you do something to help your school, another military youth, or someone in your larger community, it feels good.
- A better community or school. Depending on what you've chosen to do as a leader, you may have helped the environment, a local business, or an entire group of students.
- Compassion for others. As you rise to difficult challenges, you'll begin to appreciate those around you even more. Think about the hard work and sacrifice it takes to be a parent, a teacher, or a service member of the military.
Remember, a major benefit of leadership experience is more resilience. Think about how much better you've become at dealing with the specific challenges, like deployment, you face as a military teen.
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