Updated: Apr 11
At AIClub, we have been fortunate to see our students learn and grow with us and become leaders in their communities - giving back to others and using their experience and skills to help the community. In this blog, we discuss leadership, what it means to be a leader in high school, and how our AIClub Ambassadors impact their communities.
What are some great qualities of a Student Leader?
There are many qualities that good leaders have and it is never too early to develop leadership skills. Skills that high school students can develop include communication skills, setting examples, and mentoring. Good leaders communicate well and by communicating, they are able to impact the lives of others and help others to succeed, By showcasing in their own lives and accomplishments what is possible, they provide goals for others to aspire to. Via mentoring, student leaders help others in their communities learn and practice what they have learned.
Why is Leadership important in High School?
High School is a great time in life to start developing the leadership skills that you will hone throughout your life. The three skills outlined above (communication, example and goal setting, and mentoring) can all be practiced in high school. For example, if you have completed a great science fair project, you can present it to your school or community. Such a presentation helps develop your communication skills and shows younger students what is possible. By mentoring, you can teach others and also develop valuable communication and inter-personal relationship skills that will serve you well in college and beyond. Leadership skills improve with practice. The sooner you start the better.
What does Leadership mean in High School?
There are many opportunities to demonstrate leadership. Some leadership activities that we have seen our students do include
- Starting a club (in our case an AI Club) at your school
- Mentoring younger students in their AI and STEM projects
- Speaking at other schools about projects you have done
- Teaching other kids
- Working with non-profits
- Solving problems in your community and working with your community to put the solution into practice.
What is "Leadership Experience" in College Applications?
It is well known that leadership matters in college applications (and in jobs after college also!). Why do colleges look for leadership in addition to academic accomplishments? It is because leadership demonstration helps colleges understand the type of individual a student is likely to become, and the impact they are likely to have in society. Colleges are looking to create the leaders of tomorrow, and leadership and impact demonstrated in a high school context gives an early indicator that the applicant is likely to become one of those leaders.