Rachel Lyons, Collegian columnist

Leadership is a topic that we don’t talk about enough on this campus. There are scholarships given to students who show leadership – in high school.

Students are encouraged to volunteer, take leadership roles in organizations on campus, and otherwise be a leader on campus, but do we talk about it other than that? Not really

Most business classes cover it, but they aren’t required for all majors and all Associates of Arts, Associates of Science, and Associates of Applied Science Students. Leadership should be mandatory, because it is something that everyone must learn to be successful in any job or career.

If we want to know what a good example of fostering leadership looks like, we need to look at notable people like Robin S. Sharma who said, “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers.”

HutchCC is the perfect place to foster leadership because we’ve already taken care of the three key aspects of leadership that Sharma states. Professors and other employees of HutchCC aren’t afraid to make an impact on students, and may in turn influence them to make better life decisions, or choose or change their major.

There are also many inspiring people on this campus, and I am sure that there are inspiring people at every out reach campus as well.

The point that is that HutchCC has endless potential to create the next generation of leaders, but we fall short because we don’t recognize it. I suppose it’s just food for thought over the summer, but also a challenge for students. Just because something isn’t being taught doesn’t mean that we can’t find the time to learn about it. Make time to learn how to be an effective leader and practice it over the summer, and for the rest of your life.

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