A student worker does the job he or she was elected/selected to do.
A student leader does the job he or she was elected/selected to do.
I did a half-day leadership training for the student leaders at a local high school just before Christmas break. During the session, we spent some time talking about the differences between a student worker and a student leader. A student worker is one who has a job to do and gets the work done. A student leader also has a job to do and also gets the job done. The difference (which will be outlined in these seven posts) is how each one goes about getting the job done.
It's important to note that I'm not going to be bashing the idea of student workers and praising the notion of student leaders. Both are important and necessary. The premise of these posts will be for the student worker who desires to become a student leader (because most students move from worker to leader, rather than vice versa).
You've been elected or selected to handle certain responsibilities. It's up to you. But how will you accomplish the tasks and projects that lie before you? At the beginning moments of each year, the differences between a student worker and student leader are hard to detect. Yet with each passing event, it becomes more and more evident which path a student is choosing.
I'll start to identify the paths in the second post of this series.