leadership into the future
What employers are looking for
Leader vs. Manager
Leadership pride but…
Assume reader has no knowledge/affiliation
Reviewer wants to know how you will add value
Sell them on what you will bring to the organization
Skills you have as a result of your leadership experiences
What you accomplished and how that translates into what you
can offer an employer
*Describe benefits in terms that the reviewer can
Formula: Action verb + Object + Context+ Results
Action Verb: Planned, initiated, coordinate
Object: Planned a meeting; Initiated a program..
Context: interesting detail- who you did for; time
frame; number of people; types of issue/population etc.
Results: the bottom lime effect of your effort (saved
time or money, exceeded sales goals, reduced errors)
Quantify whenever possible
Highlighting Details & Numbers
Oversaw and executed recruitment process; created public relations
plan for the year and successfully increased recruitment quota from ___
Oversaw $_____ budget; coordinated with President in allocating funds
responsibly throughout academic year
Spearheaded a Leadership Speaker Series; enlisted help of alumni and
local professionals to share their leadership expertise
Organized several community service events, both on campus and in
community, successfully raising over $____ for local charities
Re-designed organization’s website using Dreamweaver
resulting in __% increase in web traffic
Participated in diversity and cultural sensitivity
Ensured that all standing rules and bylaws, as well as
national rules, were adhered to consistently
Power Verbs & adjectives
Greek Council President Jan. 2009- Dec. 2010
Represented the Council in all matters pertaining to or affecting the 25
fraternities and sororities of over 1,000 students
Managed and supervised the most successful Greek Week with over $10,000 raised
over the course of a week, increased by 11% from the previous year
Created and Customized a Greek Leadership Track within the Student
Development Leadership Institute (SDLI) on Campus for the Greek System
Order of Omega President Jan. 2008- Dec. 2009
Presided over Greek Honor Society, Prepared Workshops on Leadership, Case
Studies, and Teambuilding
Increased Recruitment numbers by more than double the previous year
Preparing to interview …general
1. How have I motivated others?
2. Have I ever improved the performance of others?
3. Have I been able to make use of other people's talents and skills?
4. How have I addressed or helped other people to address their
5. Have I ever marshaled resources to overcome a problem I
6. In what way have I built on an organization's success?
7. Have I ever helped a team to articulate a vision?
8. How have I helped other people adapt to a new situation?
9. What methods have I used to boost morale within an
10. How have I helped others overcome challenges in their personal
or professional life
Join your organization’s LinkedIn group
Check if your national organization hosts career networking events
Attend (and or coordinate) alumni programming for your chapter and
talk to the alumni
Make sure your friends and family know your career ambitions
Attend the Career Fair! February 25th 1-5 in the Student Center
manager vs. leader
operation/ gives orders.
Controls and monitors work.
Provides direction and
oversight to employees.
Organizes work processes.
Generally requires position
of formal authority. Operates
Facilitates work in
a cooperative way.
Treats team members
Inspires others to act
Takes risks. Encourages
and initiates change.
Provides a vision.
Sets clear expectations.
Empowers team to develop
their own solutions.
Provides opportunities for
team members to grow.
what does a leader look like?
hardworking | Aspiring
sensitive | appreciative | concerned
capable | productive | effective
friendly | available | responsive | builds relationships
daring | stands up for beliefs | takes risks
persistent | purposeful
objective | forgiving | consistent
concerned about future | visionary | has direction
Truthful | has integrity | promotes trust
creative | curious | innovative
self-reliant | self-confident | self-sufficient
enthusiastic | energetic | uplifting | charismatic | positive
logical | bright | thoughtful
experienced | wise | has depth | handles situations with poise
receptive | flexible | asks for feedback
understanding | helpful
common questions about leadership
Have you ever been a member of a successful team?
Give me an example of a time when you played a leadership role in an
event, an activity,
a department or work unit, or a project.
If I were to ask those you’ve worked with about your leadership style, your
leadership strengths and your leadership weaknesses, how would they
Tell me about a time when you created agreement in a group that differed
on the objectives and the approach.
common questions about leadership.
As a leader, you often have to build support for goals and projects
from people over whom you have no authority. Tell me about a
situation in which you built that support.
During your work experiences while attending college, tell me
about a time when you demonstrated your leadership abilities and
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