I'm filling out a recommendation for NHS and I don't know what to put for leadership positions that I've had. I'm not a team captain or president of any club. Please help!
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You will need to consider your involvement in various organizations and activities, and then look at how you participated in them. Ask yourself what your role was and then decide if you "took the lead" on something. Perhaps you helped organize a food drive at your church or you took the lead in some project that your student council was doing. Obviously, you are going to have to look at what you do and then be flexible about how you define leadership. Ask yourself how do you set a good example? How do you interact in group activities in a classroom setting? How do you show leadership in smaller ways within a larger organization?
Reading through the NHS info in the link below might provide you with some other ideas as well.
I don't know what your school is like, but when I was NHS Advisor, we didn't have enough team captains or club presidents to make up an NHS chapter. So those were not the only kinds of leadership positions that we looked for.
The NHS guidelines say this about leadership:
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
If you look at those criteria, you can see a lot of stuff that doesn't involve having a title. I would use this list and try to pick examples of things that I do at school, at home, on my sports teams, in my clubs, whatever, that fit these criteria. You know, stuff that shows your dependability, your positive attitude, things like that.
Though NHS selection varies a bit from school to school, this is also an important thing to think about as you might eventually be filling out college, scholarship, and job applications.
If you are not involved in any other organizations in school in which you have held distinguished positions of leadership, consider talking about your class rank, and perhaps not necessarily school-wide, but in each of your classes. Also consider your participation in class discussion. As a teacher, this is one of the first things I use to distinguish "leaders" in my class. I'm not talking about having something to say all the time, but having something worthwhile to say and practicing active listening to others' points.
Additionally, you could talk about things from your life outside of school that have demonstrated leadership. This could be anything from babysitting to getting up consistently for a paper-route. Often, high school students don't have time for jobs, and those who work sacrifice grades as merit. Maybe you are a student who can hold down a job and continue to keep your grades up. This shows a lot of leadership.
Hope that helps.
Be certain to look at what type of things you are involved in outside of school. If you are active in your church and have worked as a leader on a project there or if you have a job and have been given leadership responsibilities there be sure to include them.
Absolutely look to areas outside of school for leadership roles you might have filled. Maybe it's with a youth group. Maybe you step up as a leader of youth in other areas of community involvement. Leadership roles do not have to be tied into your role in the school. They could also be tied into your role in the community.
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