It’s a known fact that people who can lead are much more successful in their lives. The leaders of the world are the ones with the fame, fortune, and power. The followers admire them, give them money, and do what they say. There are far more followers than leaders, so being a leader is both rare and highly valued.
As a teen, it may seem hard to stand out from the crowd and get noticed. Perhaps the best way is to become a leader at school. This will get you followers, make you stand out more, and set you up for success as an adult.
Take Charge of A Formal Group
This is probably the most obvious of the school leadership opportunities. If you’re in a club, activity, or sport, then try to take a leadership position. This could be trying to become the captain of a sport, getting elected to student council, getting the lead in a play, being an officer for a club, etc.
To do this, however, you might already need to be well-known among your friends or be really good at something. For example, you can’t just expect to join the football team as a senior and instantly become captain.
Start Your Own Group
Another option is to start your own group at school. This is a great strategy especially if there are a lot of kids at your school that would join it. By starting it and taking the lead in organizing it, they will look to you as the natural leader.
The difficulty is that you actually need to know how to lead and organize people. They won’t want to follow you unless you have some traits that make others flock to you. Be bold, outgoing, and friendly. Also, be cool to people and never turn bossy.
Be An Informal Leader
If you can’t take charge of a club or you don’t have the time or inclination to start your own, then you can also be an informal leader. You can do this by getting others to follow you in other ways. It could be organizing weekend activities for your friends, taking the lead in a class discussion, or being the guy that inspires everyone in the stands at a game.
Even informal leadership is a great quality. It will get you lots of friends, dates, and social success. Then, you can at some point take more formal opportunities as others begin to like and value you.
So, take advantage of your school leadership opportunities, whatever they may be. If you want help being a leader and want to be really popular, then check out our book, The Teen Popularity Handbook. It will put you on the path to success!