7 Key General Leadership Roles of all Student Council Representatives
- To Provide Leadership To All Other Students
The most fundamental expectation that comes with the title Student Council Representatives is the ability to provide leadership. This means that a member serves the school by conducting himself or herself as the acceptable model or an exemplary student. A leader leads by example, whether he intends or not. As a student council representative, you conduct yourself in the best example so that other are motivated to follow your directions. Student Council Representatives are expected to use their special attributes to influence and motivate students to pursue and realize positive results in academics and discipline. This is what it means to provide leadership. “What makes leadership is the ability to get people to do what they don’t want to do and like it.” Harry Truman,
- Effectively Link the Students Body to the School Administration
There is a Welsh proverb that says; “He that would be leader must also be a bridge.” It captures one significant role of the Student Council Representatives. You should work and conduct yourself in a manner that effectively connects the students’ body to the school administration. Picture yourself as a conductor of a band or an orchestra. You must connect all the players to produce a masterpiece. When you serve the Students in a manner that connects them well to the school administration, you will minimize conflict and enable everyone to realize it is possible to work together while still upholding your institutions core values. Mark Yarnell observed that, A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible.. Learning is more effective in a collaborative environment where communication is facilitated and information
is relayed accurately from one side to the other. Student Council Representatives serve to promote a positive relationship between teachers and other students.
- To Promote and Sustain High Levels of Discipline among Students
Student Council Representatives are expected to be the barometers of discipline in a school; they safeguard the general discipline culture of the school. Their work involves reminding students about the rules and regulations and demonstrating what is expected of them. They are also expected to minimize breach of the school rules by preventing and discouraging negative behaviors among the students. Oscar Wilde said, “Wherever there is a man who exercises authority, there is a man who resists authority.”
- To Unite The Students Body for Mutual Benefit
It’s common knowledge that Student Council Representatives are chosen from different social backgrounds and classes within the school; as such they summarize the diversity of the society and the school community. Therefore, they have a duty to unify the students’ body for the general and collective good of the school community. The general expectation is that their duties, conduct and communication within the school should be geared towards uniting the entire students’ population for positive outcomes to be realized collectively and individually. As a Student Council Member, you are a team builder. This means that you inspire, organize and manage other students in manner that brings about positive teamwork. Your actions assist students to realize that they must work together with other students and school administration to meet both team and individual goals.
- Generate a Positive School Spirit
Student Council Representatives encourage students to develop interest in their school and be optimistic in their academics. This is an important responsibility because without a positive spirit one cannot learn effectively. John W Gardner said, “The prime function of a leader is to keep hope alive.” Student Council Representatives’ involvement in the functions of the school is to encourage whole hearted participation and generate positivity among all students, especially towards learning, the school & its functions, school routine, teachers and fellow students. All
Student Council Representatives are expected to cultivate positive expectation and outcomes in the school process
- To Provide Support to School Administration, Teaching & Non- Teaching Staff
Student Council Representatives assist in the smooth running of the school, particularly in carrying out school chores that make administrative and teaching work efficient and effective. Student Council Representatives provide support by giving regular feedback to the administration concerning various issues touching different students and areas within the school.
- Serve As An Authentic Students’ Voice in A School
Being as it is that Student Council Representatives are chosen from the students’ body, they serve as a representative voice of the students. They represent the students genuinely and whole heartedly. They listen and collect students’ views and issues of concern for onward delivery to the school administration for positive intervention. As a Student Council Member, you are a spokesperson. This means you are the face of your class or your school to the outside world. For you this includes