Title says it all. I've been an adjunct lecturer for 3 years while completing my masters degree. I want to convey that I have leadership skills through this position. What's the best way to say it or write it that would immediately attract a recruiter? What leadership skills can a lecturer even write?
What leadership skills can a lecturer even write?
We don't know yet the specifics of the course(s) that you lectured, but regardless of that, imparting a lecture involves having to lead the students/listeners in their learning process. Besides preparing the lecture content and visual aids for the class, a lecturer/teacher should have the ability to be able to smoothly guide and present that content to their students.
We could say that we can make an analogy of this and compare it to a Team Lead: comprehending and translating the needs of the project/product (the course content), as given by the Stakeholders(the Directors and other faculty members), and conveying it to the team members (the students) in a way that they can understand, while coordinating and making sure they are able to carry on with their tasks (homework, examples, etc.).
That would be my take on making an analogy on imparting a lecture and being a Team lead (a stretch? perhaps a bit... but recall that this was an analogy).
Now, as only you know the specifics of the role you fulfilled as lecturer, I suggest you make a list of the responsibilities and tasks you had while on that position. Then, select those that clearly involved leading people or that show leadership qualities (for example, helping students with doubts on their course project). Finally, you can then use those tasks and list/explain them on your resume, so that your phrasing helps to convey the leadership qualities involved.
Include a mention of any tutors/TAs that you managed.
Generally, a university lecturer doesn’t teach a course/unit/class/[whatever jargon term your university uses] by themselves. They lead a team of other staff (often referred to as something like “tutors” or “teaching assistants”), who assist them by teaching smaller tutorials and practical classes, along with assisting in the marking process - and for the latter part, they’d need to manage their work to make sure that all the tutors/TAs are marking papers to the same standard.
This might be a bullet point under the listing of the job on your resume of something like “managed a team of X academic staff to deliver course content to students and assess their learning”.
Additionally, tenure-track faculty usually manage a team of researchers and PhD students doing research, but since you mentioned that you were doing a Master’s degree, you obviously weren’t doing any of that.