Hi friends! It’s Sami here, your 2019 – 2020 Scripps PRSSA president. Over the summer, I had the amazing opportunity of going to PRSSA National’s 2019 Leadership Rally in Scottsdale, AZ. This experience let me network with presidents and leaders from PRSSA chapters all over the world and taught me a ton about how to lead with confidence and success. Now, I’m here to teach you everything I learned to help you be a better leader too.
You know the expression “fake it til’ you make it”? Well, this is one of the biggest key ideas to becoming a successful leader. Even if you aren’t totally sure what you’re doing, if you present yourself with confidence and act like you know what’s going on, people will believe you. More importantly, the more you act with confidence in what you do, the more you will start to believe it yourself, and believing in yourself is the most important thing you can do to become a great leader.
Use your Network
One of the most helpful parts of leadership rally was being able to talk to other leaders and professionals to get different perspectives and ideas. Even when you think you have everything figured out there’s always more you can learn from someone else. Hearing what other chapters have tried that has and hasn’t worked gave me a ton of new ideas for our own Chapter. Reach out to other students and leaders you know and hear what they have to say. You never know what new ideas you’ll be able to find and utilize!
Being a leader is a huge honor and responsibility. A lot of people will look up to you and ask you for advice. Remember that that doesn’t mean you know everything, or you can’t learn from them too! As a chapter president, I try to assert myself as a figure head, so that people respect and listen to me, but I also want to be a peer and friend that people can approach and relate to. It’s all about finding a balance where people know that you aren’t afraid to hold people accountable, but you don’t think of yourself as any better than anyone else because of your position. I find the best way to do this is to reach out to members for coffee or a meet up, so that they see you want to be their friend and get to know them and learn from them too.
So that’s a few of my tips and tricks for successful leadership! I hope that you learned a few things you can apply as you work to position yourself as a better leader. No matter what role or position you are in these skills can help you become someone that people look up to. Feel free to reach out to me any time if you want to learn more!
Sami Morsink is a senior studying strategic communication and the current President of Scripps PRSSA. Follow her on Twitter @samimor23!