Leadership in High School

For some, high school is the time where they figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Others spend their high school years hanging out with their friend and wait to plan the rest of their lives during college. Some focus on getting great grades while others still focus on excelling in their sport of choice, both vying for a chance to get into a top school. However, across everything that students decide to focus on during their time in high school are overarching themes of leadership.

Why is Leadership Important?

Leadership in high school can benefit students in many different ways. First and foremost, having evidence of strong leadership skills on any college application will allow you to stand out from the crowd. U.S. News sites leadership as one of the top 5 soft skills every college student needs. Among leadership on that list, are skills like time management, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. College admission counselors look for every single one of these skills, and, each of them just so happen to be amplified by leadership.

Positive self-esteem is also a benefit of learning and developing leadership skills. This type of self-esteem can go above and beyond just being happy with what a student sees in the mirror. Gaining a positive self-image from high school leadership programs will also carry over while students are interviewing for jobs or internships. Having a strong sense of self is something that hiring managers look for in potential candidates, and taking leadership roles in high school can provide this.

In fact, being a leader in high school has proven time and time again to help students later in life. The University of California Santa Barbara published a 2004 study that found people with leadership roles in high school are more likely to hold managerial positions as adults and earn a higher income than those in non-leadership roles.

The Kiski School Leadership Approach

The Kiski School takes developing leadership skills very seriously. So seriously, in fact, we created the Kiski Leadership Institute For Boys. During their time at Kiski, we expose each boy to a variety of out-of-the-box challenges that push them to become strong leaders within themselves and among their peers. We also focus on bringing in speakers and participating in activities that open each of their minds to the world around them to make them more informed global citizens.

Even some of the best boarding schools in the world don’t embrace developing strong leaders as a core part of their curriculum. This focus truly sets the experience your son will receive at The Kiski School apart from any other school.

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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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