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Loren Catotal

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Don’t let the fear of losing an election or interviews scare you away. Be brave, and whether you win or lose, be a leader in your own way!

Have you ever thought about being a leader or an executive for an SFU club that you are a part of? Fear not, and give club leadership a try. I guarantee you that it will be one of those decisions that your thirty or forty year-old self will thank you for in the future. Here are a few reasons why you should consider a leadership position in your beloved club!

  1. If you are a member of a club, there’s a 99% chance that you joined because you simply enjoy the company of your peer, and your values align with the club’s mission and vision. Leadership requires responsibility and commitment, and it takes someone who is truly interested in a club to be a great leader. Perhaps, you are that one passionate member who can truly make a difference and share a fresh perspective to your fellow members!

  2. You will be forced to become much more organized because you are responsible for your members. You are planning events for maybe ten, fifty or even hundreds of people! Therefore, slacking off is not and never will be an option.  Club leadership would undoubtedly be great training for your future professional job, especially if your dream career is very demanding.

  3. You will have a better idea of what good and authentic teamwork really means. You will be working regularly with your fellow executives, and yes, at times, there will be disagreements or misunderstandings. Don’t worry though because it’s all part of learning how to work with others! Good teamwork and people skills are essential to your success in the future because working with others is inevitable. Remember that.

  4. Last, but not the least, it’s very fulfilling. It will be stressful at times, if you are balancing your leadership duties with school, volunteering, and work.  However, I assure you that you will feel a sense of pride after accomplishing all your responsibilities. It’s all worth it, and it may even give your self-esteem a little boost!

So, go ahead and don’t be afraid to give it a try because no matter how busy you are, it will certainly be a rewarding learning experience. Don’t let the fear of losing an election or interviews scare you away. Be brave, and whether you win or lose, be a leader in your own way!

    About the Author

    Loren Catotal

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