The National Society of Leadership and Success
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In this Issue: 
Letter from the PresidentAnnouncementsSuccess CornerSociety Spotlight Monthly Motivation


Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member ,

When one describes the qualities of a good leader, we often hear words such as “strong,” “confident,” and “brave.”  I would like to present another word - “gracious.”

It is natural to take stock in all that is good in our lives only during the holiday seasons. However, as leaders, it would behoove us to practice gratitude year-round.

There have been numerous studies on how gratitude has a positive impact in every facet of life. Studies show that a leader who displays gratitude towards their teammates and peers earn their respect and trust, which are two pillars of a successful team. Additionally, thanking someone for a job well done encourages them to put in even more effort.

As with any behavior, living a life of gratitude takes practice. The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” The same notion could be applied to being gracious.Becoming a gracious leader is not an act, it’s a habit.

This month I would like to encourage you to start small.  Share a smile. Say “thank you” more often. You will be surprised just how powerful these two small actions can be.

Best wishes and thank you for reading,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Success Corner: 

















The final Speaker Broadcast of the Fall season will take place on November 9th, live from New Jersey City University. Our guest will be Andy Cohen, the Emmy and Peabody Award winning host of “Watch What Happens: Live!” Andy will be speaking on topics such as landing your dream job, following your passions and taking calculated risks. As always, we encourage you to tweet in your questions for Andy during the broadcast, using #theNSLS. Please remember to include your full name and school. We would like to thank our previous Fall speakers, Dolvett Quince and Leigh Anne Tuohy, for inspiring our members with their powerful and motivational messages. The Spring Speaker Broadcast season will kick off on February 7th, 2017 with real-estate entrepreneur and star of “Shark Tank,” Barbara Corcoran. Other guests this Spring will be Mario Batali, Hoda Kotb and Anderson Cooper.



Monthly Motivation: 


“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”


A Practical Guide To Gratitude

In a stuck moment, it’s hard to see positive forces when obstacles are blaring and fears are looming. This is a good time to be grateful. Not grateful for what has us stuck, but appreciating what doesn’t. Gratitude helps us see our situation in a way that can lessen panic and open up our thinking to new solutions. Thing is, people aren’t hardwired to be grateful. And, like any skill worth having, gratitude requires practice. There are three stages, says Dr. Robert Emmons, author of "Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier": recognizing what we’re grateful for, acknowledging it, and appreciating it. Simple, right? And the benefits of practicing gratitude can be life altering.



Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day. Keep up the good work!


Society Spotlight: 

Chapter Events and Highlights

Sam Houston State University

The chapter at SHSU came in second place overall at the school’s Homecoming Week competition and took home a prize of $500! The chapter donated to a canned food drive to benefit the campus pantry and placed first in that event, and also came in third in the Homecoming Parade, second in the banner competition, and scored many more points using social media. The chapter Executive Board hoped to encourage involvement beyond the steps toward Induction and succeeded, inspiring much teamwork and creating a memorable week with their members.They ended the week taking home $750 for their chapter  

Sam Houston State - Executive Board pictured above.

Roxbury Community College

Four members from the Roxbury Community College chapter participated in The Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk to help benefit those affected by breast cancer, and to let them know that they will never walk alone in their fight. The members walked along side survivors of breast cancer.  

Roxbury Community College members pictured above

University of Alaska - Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage chapter partnered with the Junior Achievement program at Ravenwood Elementary School. The JA program helps prepare students for the real world by showing them how to manage finances, as well as apply entrepreneurial thinking and leadership qualities. The Executive Board was able to present lessons on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship to kindergarten students.  

University of Alaska Anchorage Secretary, plus members of the Junior Achievement program, pictured above. 






We have added a handful of great new products to the Society Shop just in time for the holiday season! Items such as brand new fitted Society flat brim caps, new styles of Society beanies and of course, our Society Essentials package which includes a Society pennant, lanyard, water bottle and drawstring bag. You can find these and other gear sure to show off your Society pride in the Shop located on our website.