Guest post by Omékongo Dibinga
“Leadership ain’t for the lame, don’t take it in vain
Time to rethink your position, understand why you came.”
I often recite these two lines from a poem I wrote on leadership when I speak to student leaders around the world. I share this quote to underscore two points: First, leadership is not for everyone. Though everyone can be a leader, leadership is a calling that few people answer and, therefore, it must be carefully considered. Second, leaders must always be thinking about why they chose to be a leader, and whether they still have the capacity or even the desire to lead.
Research has shown that when students give back to their community, it leads to significant positive effects on their academic performance, values, leadership, choice of a service career, and plans to participate in service after college.
Such findings would suggest that secondary school students who are members of the National Honor Society (NHS), National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) are well prepared for their future endeavors. These three student leadership organizations, which are administered by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), annually engage in service projects that result in a significant number of volunteer service hours and a substantial amount of dollars raised for charitable causes. (more…)