Lead yourself exceptionally well
I think that this is the most important leadership principle. Any person with any job, occupation or duty cannot perform let alone lead anyone if they cannot manage themselves. Being a leader to anyone can only be done when one can take care of their health physically and emotionally. Being able to control one’s desires and wants for the good of an organization is leading yourself. It’s totally fine to go around offering help to peers about the upcoming physics test, but it’s not a great idea to do so if you’re not done your own homework.
Lighten your leader’s load
Leaders in high positions have a lot of work to do. From managing and leading themselves to every other person in the organization that is below their rank. I think that the greater good of the organization as a whole comes from quality work in shorter amounts of time. By finishing my own eminent research and work, I can provide assistance to peers. By helping out peers I can raise the quality of their work and refine their projects in a shorter amount of time. If everyone in the class did this (like we did for speeches), we would be lessening the load on our teachers who have to look out for us in this whole project. This is for the greater whole as it will create a more successful night of the notables, benefitting talons as a whole. Building off of “Lead yourself”, if you can and have lead yourself well already, helping out with others’ loads lightens the load of the organization as a whole.
Be willing to do what others won’t
This is important because if there is an undesirable task that must be done, someone is going to have to complete the task. By stepping out and taking the initiative to do what others wouldn’t set the tone for other developing leaders around you. It can be as small as raising your hand in class to ask a question; that sets the tone and motivates other people to ask questions. I think one person stepping out to do something others won’t create a ripple-domino effect between leaders.
Invest in relational chemistry
Although the idea of “leader” gives off an authoritarian connotation, I think that the true leader makes other people want to follow them. A great way to do this is investing in relationships with your peers, allowing them to connect with you and you to connect with them. Leading after knowing the audience is easier than going in to lead without knowing anyone in the crowd. I personally would not want to follow a teacher who refused to make a relationship with me and only dictates my decision. Luckily in talons, it’s all about healthy relationships between experienced (teachers) and emerging (us) leaders.
Be prepared every time you take your leader’s time
This is really important. If I were to go to Ms Mulder to ask for help in science, I would have to prepare questions and topics I am unclear about. If I showed up without any context and notice without a textbook, I would be wasting Ms Mulder’s time, preventing her from doing other important tasks that will benefit Talons as a whole.
Be better tomorrow than you are today
This is a good principle to wrap this all up. Humans are learning animals; we make mistakes and remember them to prevent them from the future. Leaders are no exception; no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, if I was a little better than I was yesterday, I would be proud, and I would be a step further in becoming a better leader. Baby steps!