The NSLS News
Letter from the President
Dear NSLS Member,
We are now full-steam-ahead into the new year as we welcome February – the shortest month in the calendar. March will be here before you know it. To accomplish this month's goals in fewer days than usual, here are a few things to consider for your success: plan and focus on efficiency, strive to make new acquaintances this semester to build your network, and always try to make the very best use of your time.
Let's delve into these best practices a bit more closely:
Focus on efficiency. In other words, be more deliberate in your actions while working. Inc, one of today's leading business magazines, offers a few suggestions for a more efficient flow. For example, set self-imposed deadlines. When tasks remain open-ended, there can seem to be no completion in sight. Deadlines can be stressful; however, if you set the deadlines and make yourself accountable, it can help you stay focused and productive while you keep an eye on the clock.
Be proactive, not reactive. Unexpected visits from friends, incoming text messages, and social media alerts popping up constantly on your mobile device can all be distractions that might interfere with your efficiency when working. Inc Magazine suggests the following to managing correspondence while maintaining a productive task flow:
Set aside time for responding to emails and voicemails, but don't let them determine and shape your day's agenda
It's important to remember that in our digital age, phone alert notifications for voicemails and texts can significantly distract. So, turn them off during your heavy task-driven periods.
Have a plan of attack at the start of each day, and then do your best to stick to it.
Expand your network. As the expression goes, "No man is an island." That means our experiences in life can be more enriched by meeting new people, and taking time to nurture new relationships. However, many don't know how to go about it.
One suggestion is to research special interest groups on your campus to find people with whom you may share similar ideas and passions. Sit in on one of the group's meetings, ask questions, and participate. Your expressed interest immediately will help you to connect with like-minded people, which in turn is the foundation for expanding your network.
Keep all of the tips in mind as you pursue and conquer your February goals!
Best of luck,
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Continue Reading below in the Monthly Motivation section for more tips on effective leadership.
Applications Are Now Being Accepted For Spring 2020 Scholarships
Don’t miss out on money that could help you pay for books, tuition and other expenses. There are numerous scholarships and awards to explore. The submission period is open from February 3 through Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
The scholarships and awards are categorized into three areas:
Stephen Covey Tribute Awards
Mission-based Scholarships and Grants
Need-based Scholarships and Grants
We’re excited to announce three brand new scholarships available this year:
Online Member Scholarship
New Member Scholarship
Click here for a full list of our scholarships, awards, and grants.
(Please note: To apply, you will be redirected to the NSLS Foundation, an independent scholarship and awards resource.)
NSLS Contest Winners:
Congratulations to the below members who were winners of our various contests in the past month!
January Communication Styles Video Winners:
- Sarah Flores
- Kelly Wilson
- Evan Garner
January Re-Broadcast Trivia Winners:
- Jordan Truitt
- Kelly Lehman
- Heaven Washington
- Brittany Brown
January Wear It Wednesday Winners - Remember to wear your NSLS gear on Wednesdays, tag @theNSLS and use #WearItNSLS:
- Tyrell Reiman
- Cynthia Osias-Richards
- Shelby Thimons
Audible Twitter Contest $1,000 Winner:
- Valamere Mikler
Spring Speaker Broadcasts:
Our Spring Speaker Broadcasts kick off in a couple of weeks with Charlene Li live at Montclair State on Feb 18th. Charlene Li will talk about how you can apply the disruption mindset to make changes in your life. Charlene has been helping people see the future. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including her newest release, The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail.
Looking to Reduce Student Debt In the New Year?
SoFi and NSLS have partnered to help you achieve that goal. SoFi is dedicated to helping NSLS members reduce debt and we’re even offering a $100 welcome bonus when they refinance through SoFi.com/NSLS.
Click Here to learn more.
NSLS is pleased to announce exclusive discount movie ticket offers for members. Check out the latest flicks and save up to 32% off movie tickets purchased for the following participating theaters:
It’s About Students: Teresa Balestreri receives Excellence in Service Award
3/2/2020 | Posted by Karen Holman
Photo Credit: UMSL Daily
Judging by Career Services’ location in a nook on the second floor of the Millennium Student Center, it would be easy to assume not much happens there. But that couldn’t be more wrong.
What has been termed “a small but mighty staff” is tasked with guiding nearly 10,000 University of Missouri—St. Louis students toward achieving their career goals.
Director Teresa Balestreri stands at the department’s helm. Through her 22 years at UMSL, she’s focused on doing all she can to help students succeed. On Dec. 6, that dedication earned her an Excellence in Service to Students Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success.
Morton College Promotes The National Society of Leadership and Success
By Denise Freese / MySuburbanLife
Photo Credit: mysuburbanlife.com
A collegiate honor society serves to encourage and recognize superior scholarship, leadership, or research achievement, both in broad and specialized fields of education. At Morton College in Cicero, the National Society of Leadership Success (NSLS) is quickly becoming a force for creating leaders and helping students develop organization, communication, and goal-setting skills.
"The NSLS was created in 2001, but we just brought it to Morton College in 2018," explained Gabriela Mata, Director of Student Activities for Morton College. "Since May of 2019, we've increased our membership to a total of 504 members, which includes 111 alumni."
12 Things First-Time Leaders Need to Succeed
When promoting employees to leadership roles, take these steps to set them up for success.
By: Angela Kambouris | CEO of Angela Kambouris Consultancy
The struggles of first-time leaders are both real and widespread. New leaders are thrown into the deep end to sink or swim. They either figure out how to become a successful leader or fail and retreat disillusioned back to individual contributors and unlikely to step up to a leadership role again.
How often do you see high-performing individuals promoted into leadership roles? The skills that enabled an individual to perform at a high level are rarely the same ones that will support them as an influential leader. When people choose to step into a leadership role, they are more likely to bring the right attitude and behaviors that breed success.
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!