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This post is part of a new series on the CNU Salons, STUDENT LEADER CHRONICLES. This series profiles how a Students for the New Urbanism membership enhances leadership skills.

The below post is a Student Leader Chronicles post on leadership and Students for the New Urbanism courtesy of CNU Program Intern Ryan Forst.

This multi-part blog series will profile today’s leaders and how membership with Students for the New Urbanism enhanced, nurtured, and groomed their leadership abilities. That said, this first post will serve as both an introduction to Students for the New Urbanism and explain why effective leadership skills are a necessary prerequisite for success!


For those unfamiliar, here at CNU we have an ever-growing student lead unit: Students for the New Urbanism (SNU).  In the early 2000s, SNU groups began to form in order to raise New Urbanism awareness, conduct New Urbanism educational forms, and support New Urbanism local initiatives. Located on university campuses, SNU groups bring together like-minded students to explore and promote the urban environment outside of a traditional classroom setting. SNU member benefits include networking opportunities, conference participation, select discounts, and most importantly, advancing leadership skills.


Effective leadership abilities are a sought after trait. Leadership is an ever-changing term that we as a society group a number of distinctive qualities under.  Attributes that fall under leadership are effective speaking, entrepreneurship, organization, a strong ethical conviction, and so on and so forth. Heck, it seems that just about every good quality a human being can posses has been branded under leadership.  Well, maybe not, but this over generalization is precisely why leadership is so important. Leadership ability is a collection of our many good skills manipulated to produce an outcome: success.


Now that I got the introduction out of the way, I can begin focusing on tangible examples of how SNU can enhance your leadership skills and thus success . Stay tune for Part 2, which will profile a rising leader in SNU!


For more information on Students for the New Urbanism or how to start your own chapter contact Caitlin Ghoshal. Also, make sure to visit the Students for the New Urbanism webpage!


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