Advisor and Student Leader Starter Kit
The success and effectiveness of your organization can be
improved a great deal through a good relationship between advisor
and student leader. In the advisor/student leader pairing, a
general understand and a concerted effort to develop the
relationship is essential. Too often we take relationships for
granted and think things will automatically fall in place. As in
all relationships, it is important to learn about one another's
expectations, goals, wants, needs, strengths, and weaknesses. To
help you do just that, we have provided you with the following list
We encourage you to sit down together and discuss your answers
to the questions provided.
Advisor and Student
Leader Starter Questions (PDF)
- What motivated you to assume your position (as advisor or
- What are you most excited about as we begin this year?
- What are you most anxious about as we begin this year?
- What personal and/or professional goals have you made for this
- When you think about your skills and abilities, what would you
list as your strong points in relations to this position?
- What are you hoping to learn from this experience?
- When you think about your skills and abilities, in what areas
would you like to improve?
- Which of your personal qualities do you admire most?
- What kind of relationship would you like to have with me?
- What kind of relationship would you like to have with the other
- How would you describe your advising/leadership style?
- What techniques do you use to motivate yourself and
- When you are upset or disappointed about someone's behavior or
performance, how do you typically respond?
- When people meet or exceed your expectations, how do you
- How do you feel about confronting others?
- What are some of the things you think we should do in training
officers and members?
- How do you view our roles in the organization as alike and how
do you view our roles as different?
- When considering your position, in what areas do you feel
confident or comfortable? In what areas are you least
- How do you typically handle conflict between yourselves and
- What are you thoughts about helping others resolve
- What types of situations do you find particularly difficult and
- How do you deal with stress?
- When you are in over your head, what do you do?
- If, at the end of the year, there were a banquet in your honor,
what are some of the things you would want to be said about you and
your performance in this position?
Adapted from "Advisor/Undergraduate Assistant Starter
Kit," Office of Residence Life, Miami University, Oxford,