What Kind of Leader Will You Be?
Leadership doesn't come easily for everyone. It’s often more comfortable to stay under the radar. Some people think they may be natural leaders—but may not yet be naturally good at leadership. Without effective leaders, change is nearly impossible. We need skilled leaders to inspire us, to remind us of our goals and to give us the confidence and courage to face big challenges.
At Gann, we want to make it easy for students to know what it’s like to be a leader and to think seriously about what being an effective leader means. With 40 teams, more than 20 different clubs and dozens of initiatives in any given year, all students will have many opportunities to be the leader of a particular activity or organization and to sit on committees to help plan important programs.
Learn to Say Yes
There are, of course, other ways to lead. Go ahead and be the one who asks a question in class and gets the discussion rolling. Be a role model to younger students. Say yes when someone asks you to take charge of a project. Volunteer when it’s clear that leadership is needed in a service project.
When you are willing to step up, you’ll also have the chance to practice key leadership skills—communication, organization, collaboration and managing and respecting the efforts and views of others. Don’t underestimate the learning that comes from being part of a community, from working together as a community and accomplishing something extraordinary together.
Learning to accept leadership roles is an important part of the Gann experience. Every student at Gann will be called upon to lead. From captaining a team or running a student organization, to organizing a service project, a prayer, a shabbat, or other kind of student activity, somewhere, somehow you’ll find yourself in charge.