The NSLS News
Letter from the President
Dear NSLS Member,
I’d like to begin this month by welcoming all of the new members who have joined the NSLS in the past few weeks! I wish you the best of luck as you start your leadership journey with the NSLS. We have an exciting fall planned, with more scholarship money than ever before, four Leadership Summits across the country, and three exciting speaker broadcasts beginning in October.
To assist as you begin to look ahead, here are some key tips for effective leadership:
Lead by example. Everyone has experienced this phenomenon--a boss, professor, or group leader insists that you arrive early for a meeting and when you do, your boss is the one who’s late. If you do the same when it’s your turn to lead, you won’t earn the respect of your team. It’s important that you demonstrate teamwork, and including applying the same expectations for others onto yourself. If you ask your team to arrive early, make sure you arrive even earlier.
Take responsibility. Being an effective leader means understanding that no one is infallible. The mark of a true leader is someone who takes ownership of their missteps, doesn’t go on the defensive, and demonstrates a “this is how I will improve moving forward” attitude. Seeing that it’s OK to fail will make your team more comfortable in their roles, and encourage them to seek your guidance without fear.
Share a big win. On the other end of the spectrum, when your group, team, or department at work is successful, share that with everyone. A leader is only as good as the team behind them, and it’s important that all members see how their contribution made an impact on the team’s win.
Keep these thoughts in mind as you enjoy the last full month of summer!
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Continue Reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for more tips on effective leadership.
Win Prizes From the Shop for Wearing NSLS Gear
Show off your NSLS Pride by posting a picture on social media wearing NSLS gear, tag @theNSLS, and include #WearItNSLS for a chance to win prizes from our shop!
Meet our July Wear-It Wednesday winners who each received the NSLS Essentials Pack!
- Claire Parks, Indiana University East
- Michelle Koso, Western Illinois University
- LaCosha Arceneaux, University of Houston, Downtown
- Alyssa Kowalski, Central Community College - Grand Island
Student Loan Refinancing with SoFi
Are you still paying off your student loans? NSLS is excited to announce a new partnership with SoFi to help members save money.
SoFi refinances student loan debt at lower rates than federal and/or private options, saving their members thousands. NSLS, family and friends will receive a $200 welcome bonus when you refinance through SoFi.com/NSLS. You can check your rate in just 2 minutes with no impact on your credit score.
Don’t let that student debt stand in your way any longer! Friends and family members can also qualify by applying at SoFi.com/NSLS.
Build Your Skills with Lead 365
The NSLS has partnered with the Lead365 National Conference to provide NSLS members an exciting opportunity to build their skills towards becoming leaders who make a better world. Being hosted October 31 - November 2, 2019, here are the top 4 reasons to consider your attendance!
- Engaging and in-depth COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT workshops specifically targeted at building those leadership competencies (i.e. problem-solving, appropriate interactions, resiliency, and excellence) most significant to your career success and professionalism
- Exhibitors on-site to share internship and career opportunities
- Connect and build relationships with over 400 other leaders - current undergrads, graduate students, educators and professionals who strive to make a positive difference in the world 365 days a year
- Hosted at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Resort in Orlando, attendee registration includes 5 meals and an evening out at Universal's City Walk
Now is the time to take your leadership and professionalism to a new level. NSLS members receive a $25 discount by using the code: NSLS. Go to www.lead365.org to register or contact email@example.com. For questions, call 508.864.4027.
Speaker Rebroadcast Trivia Winners
Congratulations to the Speaker Rebroadcast Trivia winners from July, Lisa Jones from Walden University and Thomas Byrd from the Online Chapter!
Surry CC Chapter Inducts 57 Members
The NSLS chapter at Surry Community College inducted 57 members this past spring. Dr. David Shockley, the President of Surry CC, served as guest speaker at the ceremony, speaking to new inductees, friends, and family about the qualities of a strong leader.
The chapter was founded in 2013 and now boasts more than 340 inducted members. The chapter is very active on campus, participating in events such as Scholars of Global Distinction events, Halloween Spooktacular, Easter Eggstravaganza, Spring Fling, open house events, and speaker broadcasts.
To read more about the chapter, click here.
UT-Knoxville Member Finds His Purpose
When Chima Onwuka, an inducted member from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, graduated college in 2017, he had a pretty good idea of what he wanted to do with his life. Upon switching his major from pre-med to psychology during his junior year, he realized his purpose on Earth was to impact as many people as possible, in any way possible.
After graduating, he started working at a mental health institute, first as a psychiatric technician and then as a recreational therapist.
“As a recreational therapist, I teach about coping with depression, anger management, suicidal thoughts, and many other mental health issues,” Chima said. “Through teaching and other experiences, I realized that my story could impact many more lives than the people that I see on a day-to-day basis, so I encouraged myself to start inspirational/motivational speaking.”
Chima recently spoke at the 9th National Suicide and the Black Church Conference in Memphis, where he shared a platform with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, among others.
He and a partner also created a business, Grind City Kicks, which not only sells shoes and apparel but also uses sneakers to work with non-profit organizations and impact the community. Chima and Grind City Kicks have given away shoes to children every month who show excellence in academics, athletics, or in the community. Chima and his company were featured on the local Memphis news earlier this year when they donated a pair of sneakers to a mother whose young son was killed in a bus crash.
“My purpose or goal in life is to help and impact as many people as possible, mentally, physically, and emotionally,” Chima says. “Not just in my community, but also around the world.”
Jeff Bezos Says the Very Best Leaders Empower Others In This 1 Way
By Scott Mautz
Jeff Bezos couldn't have gotten to the heights he's achieved by keeping a firm hold on all the decisions Amazon has to make. Like many other aspects of leadership, the Amazon CEO has thought carefully about the intersection of making decisions and empowering others to do so, which can be difficult to discern.
Bezos often shares his leadership principles in his annual shareholder letters and in one such letter, he addressed this topic. Bezos explained the two types...
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Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated, and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day. Keep up the good work!