In this post, I’ll be discussing the importance of leadership and why student leadership is important in school, especially in college admissions. Right now, you may think that grades are all that matter. Well, you have to understand that acing the tests and impressing teachers alone won’t take you to your first choice school, or even Ivy League universities. You need to understand why leadership is important in life and in your pursuit of success. If you or someone you know is about to apply for college this year, this article about the importance of leadership can definitely help.
The Importance of Leadership and How It Can Help You in College
In This Article:
- How Does Student Leadership in School Help You in College?
- Does Out of School Leadership Count?
- Do Leadership Skills Outweigh Grades?
How Does Student Leadership in School Help You in College?
There are over 35,000 high schools in the United States alone, which means that each June, over 35,000 valedictorians graduate and head to college. Along with 35,000 more salutatorians. You’d think they’d all end up attending an Ivy League university or top-tier college, right? After all, they’re valedictorians and salutatorians, but that doesn’t happen. It’s mathematically impossible. The top 25 schools in last year’s Forbes list only admitted a total of 20,900 freshmen. That’s actually great news for you even if you don’t rank at the very top of your class because your outstanding leadership qualities will not just level the playing field, but can tilt it in your favor.
Does Out of School Leadership Count?
You have to understand that while student leadership in schools is important, out of school leadership also matters throughout your high school career. The inspiration that can change your future direction as a leader, a professional, or as a college applicant is not necessarily just inside the walls of your high school. That’s where every other student is looking for leadership.
Tip: If you want to be noticed and you want to find out what you’re made of, leave school behind at the bell and find something that fascinates you. You will then become fascinating to your friends, to the people you meet on your way up, and to college admissions officers.
Do Leadership Skills Outweigh Grades?
Now, a momentary reality check, please. Below-average grades and scores are rarely outweighed by leadership. However, I have folders of success stories over the past 27 years about students who gained entrance into much more eminent colleges than they would have otherwise, all as a result of their exceptional and creative extra-curricular leadership skills.
After learning the importance of leadership in shaping your future, it’s now time to learn some tips and tricks on how to be a good leader. Here’s a video from Forbes’ channel to give you some ideas:
In essence, the importance of leadership goes way beyond your college success. It’s part of who you’ll be in the future and how much success you want to experience in your life. Join me back here next month when I tell you all about Leila, one of my late bloomer students who turned her intellectual passion into admissions gold.
Did we miss anything on our discussion about the importance of leadership? Feel free to tell us in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.