Club Leadership: The Struggle and the Prize

Alphonsus Delgra is a graduate from Bergen Community College (BCC) and William Paterson University (WPU). He has an Associate’s in General Studies (Science) and Bachelor’s in Arts of Communication (Concentration: Public Relations) respectively. He has attained leadership positions in PASALUBONG (Philippine American Student Association Leading Under Bergen on Newer Grounds) as Internal Vice-President and WPU Student Public Relations Association as President. His activities include serving in the Anime Club Experience from BCC and Go Japan! From WPU. He has written articles for both BCC’s The Torch and WPU’s The Pioneer Times.

 

Classes is a responsibility all in itself that you should be paying attention to. However, when you throw in a leadership position at a club, it’s a separate responsibility that deserves just as much attention. Leading a club, whether it’s based on a hobby or a professional field, takes on a whole different meaning when you’re in that position. Despite the amount of pressure that can give, the reward you receive in return can make the efforts all worth it. This can be a group of friends you’ll hang out with for the rest of your life, or even a job opportunity after the college years are over. This is an opportunity, if taken, will make or break you. That is ok. The advice explained in this article will give you some tips on dealing club leadership.

The first is organizing together your executive board (or e-board for short). The President and Vice-President hold the main responsibilities for the organization, but other e-board members can step up to the task as well. After the elections take place that set up the e-board for the next academic year in the previous spring semester, plan out your meetings with the e-board to set up the semester in terms of club meetings, e-board meetings during the semesters and checklists for events. Another note to take down during these meetings are the chances are if things do go wrong. During the summer, you should be able to make time (if there’s no set schedule yet established) to meet at least monthly to set-up everything that you need to get done with the semester. This holds true because during the semester, you will have to dedicate time to study for your classes or jobs which means less time to plan for the semester. Once you establish a set plan in the summer, everything should fall into place and you’ll have back-up plans as well.

The second is scheduling your time during the semester. This holds true for many of the different parts of life. When you have your classes all set and confirmed, make sure that they don’t overlap any club meetings or e-board meetings. The e-board’s presence in both of these meetings are vital to club morale. Scheduling time all the way down to how the club meeting can go will show a feeling of professionalism and respect. From guest speakers to icebreakers, one of the good ways to show a feeling of solidarity among e-board members is to have each of them speak at a club meeting. You don’t want to have one member speak the entire time, as it can lead to losing the attention as the semester goes on. As an e-board members, it’s great to have each one speak up and add to the conversation to make it feel less of a lecture and more of a meeting.

The third piece of advice is something that I have seen firsthand and learned during my time as a President of a club. The advice is that you should never be afraid to fail. Now it’s not saying that you should expect to fail, but at least make an honest, hard effort to succeed. Even if it fails, you fail knowing that you have tried everything you can. College can allow you to fail as real life can’t. So even if you tried to make this major event happen for the club but didn’t come to fruition, or if you entered a contest on campus and didn’t win, you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself if you know you did everything to the best of your ability. The best part to take away from an experience is to see what did go wrong (whether it’s out of your control or if it’s something you could have done) and if you have a future event that you are planning or another contest to enter, learn from the past and apply it so it doesn’t repeat itself.

Taking these three pieces of advice can help you succeed in leading a club and in turn help you become a leader in the career of your choice.

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