Qualities Of A Good Prefect Essay

Though certain people may seem to have thatje ne sais quoi that inspires others to follow their lead, the ingredients of true leadership aren’t really a mystery. Many people have researched and studied the qualities that leaders possess, and they have observed many commonalities.

If your students are aspiring to take on a management or leadership role in an institution or organization, or if they simply wish to have more influence in their circles of friends and classmates, encourage them to begin building the characteristics of a leader today.

Andrew J. DuBrin has identified many of these characteristics in his book Leadership: Research Findings, Practice, and Skills, Seventh Edition. Here’s a quick summary of the traits he recounts:

  • Self confidence. Per DuBrin, “A leader who is self-assured without being bombastic or overbearing instills self-confidence in team members” (p. 37). Your self-confidence and calm demeanor can help others feel more certain that they, too, can overcome hurdles or reach a challenging goal.
  • Humility. When you’re willing to share credit with others, and you’re willing to admit that you’re not perfect, others see that and appreciate it.
  • Core self-evaluations. Research shows that four related self-perceptions relate to effective leadership: “self-esteem, locus of control [that is, taking responsibility for what happens in your life], self-efficacy [akin to self-confidence], and emotional stability” (p. 40).
  • Trustworthiness. People trust you when your attitudes, words, and motives align with what you actually choose to do. This includes being honest about mistakes, refusing to gossip and shift blame, and doing things the ethical way (even if it’s more expedient to do otherwise).
  • Authenticity. Be yourself, and act in line with your core values and personality. People will notice if you’re trying to be someone other than who you really are.
  • Extraversion. Most leaders maintain an outgoing demeanor, show an interest in people, and gladly participate in group or team activities. (Feel that you’re not naturally extraverted? You can work on your skills by making a conscious effort to demonstrate genuine curiosity about and friendliness toward others.)
  • Assertiveness. Be up front about your needs, concerns, and opinions. However, don’t forget to be tactful!
  • Enthusiasm, optimism, and warmth. Staying positive, being approachable, and expressing positive thoughts and feelings through both verbal and nonverbal communication help you build rapport with those around you.
  • Sense of humor. Your ability to make people laugh can help others feel comfortable and relieve tense situations.  (pp. 37-45)

In addition to these general personality traits, DuBrin also lists several task-related personality traits common to leaders:

  • Passion. Leaders show an extremely strong commitment to and enthusiasm about their work.
  • Emotional intelligence. A solid leader exhibits empathy towards others, has a good understanding of emotions – both others’ and their own – and recognizes that their own mood can have an effect on the entire organization’s performance. (The primary research in this area was conducted by Daniel Goleman.)
  • Flexibility and adaptability. A leader can bring about change… so it follows that he or she must also be ready and willing to adjust to different settings and situations.
  • Internal locus of control. Strong leaders take responsibility for events and believe that they can have an effect on outcomes and conditions.
  • Courage. Willingness to take risks on new ideas may put you “out there” for criticism and blame… but it also carries the reward of bringing new ideas to fruition. (pp. 45-51)

Through awareness of what it takes to be a leader, you can begin building habits that lead to increased effectiveness.

Reference: DuBrin, A.J. 2013. Leadership: Research Findings, Practice, and Skills, 7th Edition. Mason, OH: South-Western, Cengage Learning.

Wish to give your students additional suggestions for becoming the leaders they want to be? Direct them toHow to be a Leader: Advice for College Students on Developing Leadership Qualities, which appeared on CengageBrainiac, a student-focused blog managed by the team atCengageBrain.com. 

Who stands out as an example of an effective leader to you? Why? What personality characteristics, positive habits, or character traits do they exhibit? How do you encourage students to step into leadership roles? Share your story below.

  • Hi, could you please check my prefect application letter and let me know if there is anything i should change or add. Also, i think its really short - what do you think??

    Dear __

    I am applying to be a prefect because I think that this is a good opportunity for me to give something back for all of the opportunities the school has given me and the help I received from previous prefects when I first came to _____.

    I am a responsible, reliable and hardworking student. Furthermore, I am very punctual and have a high attendance. These qualities would make me a good prefect because I will always be there and on time for duties and after school events and can be trusted to be a good representative for ____. Additionally, I can work well in a team and with others which would help me as a prefect as I believe that part of the role is to help and work with others for example whilst on duty or helping another student.

    I would be a role model to the younger years by ensuring I always have correct uniform and behave appropriately around the school. In addition, I would represent the school by helping other students around the school; especially the year seven’s that will join in September as I know that it can be daunting moving schools. I would also carry out break and lunch duties and attend after school events such as open evenings.

    I hope you consider my application for the role of a prefect and look forward to hearing your decision.

    Yours sincerely

    ______

  • Yeah that's good enough.

    But people have to do application statements to become a prefect? I just had to turn up to a meeting and became a prefect in 5 minutes... no questions/statements etc. But that could be because I'm held in higher regard by the school than other people, not me being big-headed - if you achieve a particular award in the school, you're pretty much a saint.

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    Dear __

    I am applying to be a prefect because I think that this is a good opportunity for me to give something back for all of the opportunities the school has given me and the help I received from previous prefects when I first came to _____.

    I am a responsible, reliable and hardworking student. Furthermore, I am very punctual and have a high attendance. These qualities would make me a good prefect because I will always be there and on time for duties and after school events and can be trusted to be a good representative for ____. Additionally, I can work well in a team and with others which would help me as a prefect as I believe that part of the role is to help and work with others for example whilst on duty or helping another student.

    I would be a role model to the younger years by ensuring I always have correct uniform and behave appropriately around the school. In addition, I would represent the school by helping other students around the school; especially the year seven’s that will join in September as I know that it can be daunting moving schools. I would also carry out break and lunch duties and attend after school events such as open evenings.

    I hope you consider my application for the role of a prefect and look forward to hearing your decision.

    Yours sincerely

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    Have you done anything in the past to help the school that you could put down?

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