The whiteboard today has these three words: COMPLIANT. OBLIGATED. OPPORTUNITY.
I think it is important that our leaders understand the stages of MOTIVATION.
Leaders that are Compliant: these types of leaders will NOT last. Essentially these student leaders are just responding to the demands, rules, or will of the advisor.
Leaders that lead out of Obligation: these types of leaders are taking a step in the right direction because they feel some responsibility, but still, in the end, their mindset is more of a HAVE TO versus a GET TO.
Leaders that see the Opportunity: these types of leaders need little or zero external support. They see their leadership role as an opportunity to serve, to give back, to make a difference, to create school spirit. These types of leaders are self-motivated to go above and beyond.
3 Ways to get your leaders to SEE the OPPORTUNITY:
- Leadership Starts with You, but it’s Not About You: help student leaders see the bigger picture in why they do what they do.
- Bigger than Self Cause: help student leaders understand that leadership needs to be about something bigger than themselves.
- Plug into your Passion: help student leaders find something that they are passionate about and then encourage them to use that passion to serve (lead) others.
I hope this helps! I know that in order to build great programs we need leaders who lead from OPPORTUNITY, not obligation or compliance.