In my personal opinion to be a leader you have to be able know when to start with a “yes” and when to start with “no”. It’s a careful balance of the two. For myself a student leader balancing life, school, involvement, sports, time, and my sanity. Having the ability to say “no” is more crucial. Having to choose I think an important part of being a leader is knowing what things you can have the biggest impact and do your best work, your best quality work. Doing a couple things being highly involved and influential verses doing tons of things and half assing it. You have to say “no” to some things. Being able to know yourself as a leader and what you can personally can handle. Being a leader myself and living with and knowing many leaders a big thing we run into is being CRAZY busy. Wanting to succeed at school, and social life ,and being involved. All of us want to make a difference and and and and the list just never ends. Our schedules can get jam packed which isn’t a bad thing, but you have to know when to much is to much. Being able to recognize not only what you as a student leader can handle but what your schedule can handle. Than having to say “no” to some opportunities that would turn you from a involved leader in a few things but puts your all into it to being a leader who is over involved and has to half ass things because they don’t have time. When that occurs is when you are unable to be a successful influential leader , the leader everyone wants to be, the one that makes a difference. You have to be able to say no to give yourself the opportunity to great things. But to open the door to your success as a leader you had to say “yes”. Its a touchy balance you have to know when the right time is for each.