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Recognize and build on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

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Ways to Develop Leadership

  • Take on leadership roles in volunteer, student, or community clubs and organizations, such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications/Marketing Director, Events Coordinator, Chair/Co-Chair of Membership, etc. 
  • Take on leadership roles in work or internship settings such as Team Lead, Shift Lead, Assistant Manager, Orientation Group Leader, etc.
  • Seek out or take on leadership roles in sports or music activities such as Team Captain, Assistant Captain, First Chair, Lead Trombone, etc. 
  • Participate in activities that develop leadership skills such as ROTC or earning the Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award designation. 
  • Review the learning outcomes on your syllabi and talk to your faculty about how you are developing this skill in your classes and with which assignments.

Ways to Demonstrate Leadership on Your Resume

  • A description indicating you were promoted from team member to shift leader.
  • Experience where you supervised others including co-workers, team members, or kids (e.g.: camp counselor, student teaching, etc.)
  • An Activities & Service section including leadership roles you’ve held.
  • Embed leadership experiences into the descriptions of your experiences with statements such as: “Founded XYZ student club and served as President from 20xx-20xx”…” or “Promoted to team lead and trained new staff on XYZ process/procedure.” 
  • Use action verbs in your descriptions such as chaired, delegated, founded, spearheaded, and supervised. More action verb options.
  • Resume Resources

Sample Interview Questions to Demonstrate Leadership Skills

  • Describe any leadership experience you have had up to this point.
  • Describe your leadership style.
  • Describe what qualities or skills you most admire in a leader.
  • How do you motivate others? 
  • Describe your classroom management skills. 
  • Interview Resources