Officially Officer Season

26 Mar

The spring semester is starting to wind down, which means another school year is coming to a close. The end of a semester always brings the winds of change through organizations; leaders graduate and younger leaders step up to take charge.

I believe leadership is a process, not a position – this means every member of the organization is a leader. That said, every group also needs a few folks to be willing to guide the organization for a time. Every organization needs quality officers.

If you’re thinking about stepping up for a leadership role in your organization and are a little unsure, I’d like to give you a few reasons why being an officer in an organization can provide amazing opportunities for growth.

  1. Being an officer teaches communication skills that simply cannot be learned in a classroom. You can read about how to effectively communicate over and over again, but those skills are put to the test as an officer. Your verbal and nonverbal communication skills are put to work daily; the success of your organization depends on your ability to be absolutely clear.
  1. As an officer, you have to be on your game. Your organization will look to you for guidance; if you seem unorganized or flustered, your members will quickly pick up on it. But if you’re bright, confident, and goal-oriented your organization will feel empowered and confident in their work.
  1. You learn how to deal with strong personalities. Ever heard of the saying, “Too many cooks in the kitchen, spoils the broth?” I never really understood the phrase until I was in a room with six other strong leaders who were all determined to get their points across. At first, this was a difficult and daunting task, but now it’s entirely empowering! Working with such strong people gives you confidence and pushes you to find ways to work with people who have different perspectives.
  1. Leadership positions look great on your resume. This one is a given. Employers want to hire well-rounded people. You may have a 4.0, but if you lack leadership experience, potential employers may worry that you’ll be able to acclimate to a new work environment. With quality leadership experience under your belt, you’re arming yourself with stories you can use when interviewing to demonstrate your wide range of capabilities.

Being an officer is an amazing experience; having a hand in the growth of an organization you believe in will benefit your members, your campus and last, but not least, you.

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Gregory Tate is a Junior from Indianapolis, Indiana. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a focus in Electronic Media. Greg is very involved on campus serving as a Co-Chair in Paws Preview, the Vice President of Admissions for University Ambassadors, and as the Social Media manager of the LBJ Student Center. He absolutely loves to serve his community and find different ways to grow. He’s a proud military brat who strongly believes home is where the heart is; and his heart is and always will be at Texas State.

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