Your thesis statement should summarise the main points your essay and coherent and succinct manner. Like any statement it should be short and to the point, so no jargon or colourful language here. Everybody's got to be able to understand your thesis statement in order to understand your leadership experience essay.
Now that your introduction has provided the perfect entry into your essay, you can work on the main points that you would like to make. think about some of the qualities that determine good leadership. As a prompt to get your mind moving, take note of the following questions:
- What is leadership?
- What makes a good leader?
- What things do all the good leaders learn?
- What are some of the attributes of a strong leader?
- Is leadership inherent or can you learn to lead?
- Do leaders need to have strong social influence?
The main body of the text should comprise of around three or four paragraphs. Of course you can add as many as you'd like, but you won't want to go on forever. Keeping your readers interested is all about elaborating on a few key ideas. Once you have your key points, you should think about examples and evidence to substantiate each of them. Each key paragraph should only feature one of these points as you don't want to confuse the reader throughout. A great way of improving the flow of an essay is to use transitional words in order to help the reader flow between points easily.
At the beginning of every paragraph, you can include a topic sentence that will focus the reader's attention on to one particular point. Once the reader has read the topic sentence, it will be much easier for them to gauge the rest of the paragraphs body. A well written essay
is one that has a great and use of style. After this you can think about your evidence, arguments, examples and any other opinions that you can use to give your paragraph depth.
In order to provide an interesting and personal touch, incorporate anecdotes if you can. Anecdotes show off a strong writing ability as you can easily use similes, metaphors, imagery and emotional vocabulary within them. If you want your reader to think of something specific, relate an idea to them with an anecdote. You may find it easier than you think to incorporate a good anecdote into your work. Think of the key leader that you would like to lead you or others. Perhaps there is somebody in your life that you’ve met who has outstanding leadership qualities - you can talk about an experience where they’ve displayed these in a short anecdote. It can be humorous as long as it’s tasteful.
A Captivating Conclusion
So now that you've got all of your body together, you'll need to summarise the main points of your leadership experience essay in a punchy and well thought out conclusion. The best conclusions are ones that can wrap up your essay and demonstrate to the reader that you've accomplished what you have set out to do. The conclusion is not the time to add any new ideas or to put specific information in that has not been previously mentioned - the essay’s body should serve this purpose. Instead, what you want to be doing is moving from the specific to the general. The conclusion is of course vastly different to the introduction, but make sure you relay the reader back to your thesis statement that you’ve provided at the beginning in order for a sense of closure to be achieved. Finally, you’ll want to end in the way that you started, i.e. leave your reader on a bang - give your reader something to think about with a final remark that can grab their attention.
If you follow these steps, it's highly likely that you'll be able to provide a sophisticated and well structured leadership experience essay. Take note of the following ideas and help them lead you in the right direction. Soon you’ll be able to lead your audience’s mind through a well structured and coherent piece of text that arouses their imagination and gets them thinking.