John C. Maxwell once said, “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” No matter who you are or where you come from, everybody wants the opportunity to show off their leadership chops. Whether in the work field, in a group project, or simply in everyday life, we all aspire to motivate, engage, and inspire others with our personal visions.
Maddie Campbell knows a thing or two about leading the pack. She’s a third year recreation and sports business student who’s spending her current co-op term working as an event coordinator for the 2017 Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC).
CSLC is an annual, week-long conference for students leaders across Canada. Throughout the conference, students develop their leadership skills, engage in new cultural experiences and explore opportunities for community involvement. Maddie is currently responsible for curating all of the @CSLC2017 social media channels, maintaining the conference website, and answering any questions that may come her way, whether from the committee, the community, or conference delegates.
CSLC is such a unique opportunity for student leaders across Canada.
Maddie knows firsthand what it means to evolve from grasshopper to teacher, as she is now working alongside her former high school leadership teacher, who is also one of the co-chairs of CSLC 2017. Her high school’s motto was "Leave a Legacy!" and that’s exactly what she says she tells the students she's been working with this term.
For me, during high school, I could usually be found in the student activities office. Now it’s where my real office is.
Learning how to be a leader has certainly helped Maddie in developing her skills, work ethic and personal development. “Student leadership changed my life,” she says.
Don’t give up, but don’t be afraid to shift your focus. It goes right back to being involved versus being interested - you will be more effective and successful in leading if you are doing something that you can throw yourself into 100%.