When I think of leadership or a leader, I picture an individual who is loyal and respected. They are the individuals who inspire us to be better.
They are the role models, the presidents of clubs, the team captains, and the section leaders in band or chorus.
Leaders have great cooperation skills. When they listen they are truly listening. They don’t blow you off when you suggest something or make a correction. They hear everyone’s side in arguments. When it comes to decision-making, they always go with what solution that would make more progress.
Sometimes leaders don’t even lead. They fall back and follow. They are there to help on projects and suggest ideas. They are the ones who are silent leaders because they don’t have to say anything to make an impact. And sometimes it’s best to be silent in certain situations.
Leaders create change. They lead revolutions and make dramatic improvements in people or clubs. They find out what works and what doesn’t. They help make our schools better.
So with this new school year, I plan to create a change and I want you all to do the same. With each new year, I notice more people stepping up to the role of leadership and that’s great. The more leaders we have, the more change can occur in our schools.
I think everyone can be a leader in a generation of people. We just have to be open minded and strong at heart. And now, more than ever, we need leaders in the teen community that are willing to make a difference.
Teen Board Member Imani Jenkins is a sophomore at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School