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Leadership is the ability to inspire and motivate others to work together, often to achieve a common goal.

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Explore your understanding

Leadership qualities are important to have in the workplace. Being able to motivate those around you, to guide the development of others to help them reach their full potential, and to take control of a task and look ahead at the bigger picture are all qualities that employers value in the workplace.

Employers are looking for candidates who can inspire those around them and be able to identify priorities for other employees they are working with as well as for the organisation.  

Find and develop your skill

Where can you improve your leadership skills at UCL? 
There is a lot of support here to help you develop this skill!

  • Employer–led Skills Session:

    Understand what employers mean by leadership and how they will look for evidence of it in the application process. Attend a Employer-led skills session delivered by employers on developing Leadership Skills. Learn about the different Leadership styles and how they may be applied in different business scenarios.

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  • Students' Union UCL:
    Join a club or society within the Students’ Union. Take on a Leadership role within a committee and contribute to the operations and success of the group. They also offer a great range of workshops and skills sessions to help you develop your Leadership skills such as Taking the Initiative, Motivating Volunteers and Being a Leader.

  • Volunteering:
    UCL’s Volunteering Services Unit partners with more than 400 local charities to promote their volunteering opportunities. Create your own community project that can help benefit others in London and start a student led project. You’ll receive project management training and support on how to lead your team. 

  • Widening Participation:
    Become a programme mentor, or an ambassador with the UCL Widening Participation Office. Increase your opportunities to inspire others, and develop your abilities in this area by supporting other students.  UCL students who are involved in WP activities receive appropriate training and gain experience of Leadership. 

  • Work experience and internships:
    Applying for work experience may give you a chance to develop your Leadership skills. You can find more about internships and other opportunities available to you through UCL Careers.

    Your department also may be able to tell you about internships and opportunities as part of your course.

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Prepare your examples

You might be asked to think about a time where you have been in a Leadership role. This may have been as part of a group activity you are involved or with a course project you are leading on. You might be asked about your own style of Leadership and what you have learned from working with others as a result of this style.

Can you describe a time where you have had to delegate responsibility?

Can you talk about a time you have had to demonstrate Leadership skills and what did you learn from this?

How would you describe your style of Leadership?

Need some support on how to evidence your leadership skills in a written application? 
Visit our Applications Advice page.

If you have written a draft application for any type of opportunity, our team can provide personalised practical tips and advice to help you better understand how recruiters will shortlist your application, and how you can best demonstrate your motivation and your most relevant skills / experience.