Last year, when my daughter was heading off to her freshman year in college, I decided to give her the best advice I could find from my experience in life and leadership. As I have thought about these principles, I have realized that they also have a lot of use for those who lead.
1. Find 2-3 trustworthy friends in the first 30 days.
They will make the journey great.
2. Identify one solid faculty or staff member you can count on.
They will provide wisdom.
3. Stay focused on your goals.
Those who focus, finish.
4. Show grit.
It's normal to have some very tough days, but you can make it through them.
5. Avoid fools.
They are everywhere and are often dressed like sheep!
6. Seek help when needed.
Everyone needs it somewhere and someway.
7. Guard your faith in Jesus.
Many drift at this stage of life and don't even realize it.
8. Make wise choices.
Ask yourself, "If this showed up on Facebook (or other social platforms), would I be proud of it?"
9. Show grace to others.
Like all of us, students, faculty and colleges are very imperfect.
10. Never fear asking us for help.
We always have your back!
Jay Desko is the Executive Director of The Center and serves on the Senior Leadership Team at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Jay brings experience in the areas of ministry assessment, leadership coaching, decision-making, and strategic questioning. Jay’s degrees include a B.S. in Bible, a M.Ed in Instructional Systems Design and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.