Leading by Personal Example
One does not improve through argument but through examples;
One does not touch except through emotion;
One does not hope to excite love except through love.
Be what you wish others to become.
Make yourself, not your words, a sermon.
---Henri Frederic Amiel.
One thing that modern management and Jewish leadership techniques share is a belief that leaders need to lead by example. That is to say that there is no point in saying one thing and doing another, and trying to get others to do something that you won't do. In the words of every modern management guru, you need to 'walk your talk'. In Hebrew, the concept of leading by personal example is called being a "Dugma Ishit". It is important to realise that all of your actions at college and university (and beyond) impact upon your role as a Jewish student union member.
The most obvious time when it is important that you lead by example is actually during the activities which your Jewish student union runs. It is important to attend meetings, to pay attention, to contribute, to help out the person leading a discussion by answering questions etc. If people on the union committee sit at the back and talk, the union members are much less likely to take the meeting seriously.
Additionally, if one of the reasons that you are involved in running Jewish activity is to persuade people to behave in a certain way, then you should behave that way too. For example if you are really interested in getting people to go to synagogue, then you ought to set the example of going yourself. If you don't follow the principles of "Dugma Ishit" you will lose people's trust.
Leading by example is the key to successful leadership, and only when the entire union committee realises this, will it be able to unlock its potential.