School's Out for Summer

School is wrapping up for the summer on college campuses across the continent. With classes on hold until the fall, summer is the perfect time to find a job, lay by the pool and brush up on your leadership skills. Here are a few things you can do during summer break that will make you a better leader by September. 

Take a personality assessment or two! Assessments can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, understand your communication style and increase your overall self-awareness. Self-aware leaders understand the effect they have on the people around them and can surround themselves with people who balance out their weaknesses. Click herefor the best free personality assessments from around the web. 

Bring a leadership book to the beach. While you are taking a break from textbooks pick up a leadership book instead. In the words of Harry S. Truman, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." You can find a list of great suggestions on our REAL Leadership Bookshelf.

Learn a new skill. The best leaders are able to contribute to the group in ways others cannot. What is it that makes you stand out from the crowd? Now is the time to think about brushing up on parliamentary procedure, learning how to run an effective meeting or improving your email etiquette. 

Spend time with a mentor. Relationships can get pushed to the back burner during the busy school year, but summer break is a great excuse to spend some extra time with someone who will help you develop as a leader. Mentors listen, inspire and can help you network - all for free! For some advice on how to build a mentoring relationship click here. 

What are your plans to become a better leader this summer?