Leadership

While there are many lists of these ’employability’ skills, at Oxford we focus on the key eight skills – based on the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)’s report, Future Fit.

This page focuses on Leadership. To read more about the other seven employability skills, click on the links below.

 

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These ideas are ways to start thinking about leadership. You’re unlikely to use these as evidence of leadership skills in a written application, but they might be things you reference in conversation at interview.

  • Suggest activities to do with your group of friends, and make it happen. Don’t just be responsive.
  • Read leaders’ biographies.
  • Listen to shows and podcasts, such as Life ScientificDesert Island Discs, and In our Time.
  • Attend lectures from people who are leaders in their fields when they visit Oxford – at the Union, in your department, at the Oxford Martin School and with societies.
  • Get inspiration from TED talks and other leaders and speakers.

These are all quick ways you can start developing leadership skills, and you could refer to in applications.

  • Gather a team together to enter a competition, or a charity run.
  • Become a “parent” for Freshers in your college or department.
  • Organise a holiday for yourself and a group of friends.
  • There aren’t many short-term leadership activities you can do: most require commitment. However, in order to be a leader, you normally must get heavily involved in a team activity! See opportunities for developing teamwork skills in the last section, below.
  • Be the student representative for an organisation that recruits or campaigns at Oxford.
  • Take leadership training or accreditation.
  • Propose and facilitate gatherings of researchers from different disciplines to brainstorm new ideas.
  • Join the Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps, which builds leadership skills.
  • Supervise others during a part-time job or vacation work.
  • Volunteer with youth organisations, such as the girl guides, scouts, or even a cycling proficiency group!
  • Join The Student Consultancy or The Researcher Strategy Consultancy and become the team leader.
  • Take a position of responsibility in your Common Room – or, if you’re Research Staff, Oxford’s Research Staff Society
  • Run a student society, or take responsibility for one aspect of a society such as Sponsorship or Finance.
  • Take on role of Captain of sports team, or stand for president of a society
  • Produce or direct a play.
  • Organise an event, such as a ball or conference.
  • Become the editor of a large publication.

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