Greek Living Leaders: Working the Supreme Company

  • Many may only see collegiate Greek life as a social group who hides their partying behind community service hours and charitable donations. However, I want to challenge that stereotype by focusing on the professional development and self-improvement opportunity that is presented to Greek life members - especially those who hold leadership positions. Currently, I serve my one-hundred member sorority as chapter president and use other officers to maintain a well-balanced, structured, and involved organization.

    Fraternities and sororities must operate as a company first, and a celebrity νεα  socialite second in order to be successful. I want to indicate some key concepts that show the relation between Greek organizations and businesses.

    Greek organizations:
    • Divide officers into teams to work on specific areas of the chapter
    • Must operate on a strict budget, fueled solely from member's dues
    • Must market themselves well to be able to continue steadily to recruit new members
    • Have mission statements and values to put up their members to and gear their brand
    • Must follow rules from, and report to, their national headquarters
    • Have insurance to cover their organization and its members, as well as many policies and procedures in area for holding events

    They are just a couple of points that report how Greek organizations are ran as the ultimate business, combining friendship with professionalism and offering members a good opportunity for personal development.

    As president, I see all sides of running a Greek organization and must help every officer no real matter what team her position is really a part of. My days are filled with constantly making decisions and weighing the consequences. I have learned to make fair decisions that benefit the more good, while remaining unbiased in the process. I also response to everyone's questions and concerns while problem solving when an unplanned event takes place. For instance, we'd a tiny crisis with flyers which were made to promote an event we were having. Once they came in, we noticed the contact email on the flyers was spelled wrong. After some deliberation, we decided to utilize the flyers we had and made a brand new email address with the typo included.

    An enormous part of managing a successful organization is effective and professional communication. Our main forum of communication between officers and the advisory board is emailing. I have discovered just how to properly send and respond to emails in a specialist manner. My communication skills have improved substantially since being truly a leader of my chapter. I discovered to communicate concisely and format information in the very best way. I are finding providing information in bullet lists is the better way to have members to read messages fully. All of our officers must hold team meetings and get reports of progress in the different areas on their team. Officers are accountable for organizing their own meetings and taking minutes to record the thing that was discussed. Greek organizations teach members to effectively and professionally communicate through emailing, holding meetings, and working with others.

    One of the most valuable traits that I'm still learning through my presidency, is how to get more comfortable with hard conversations. I work closely with our Director of Standards and Ethics to make sure our members are holding themselves to the high ideals and values. When someone is falling behind, it's our job to possess conversations with them about why this is happening and what we can do to make sure it generally does not happen again. These tough conversations become even tougher when remembering that the members of our chapter may also be our friends and sisters. As a leader of a Greek organization, I'm learning to have these hard conversations while remaining in control of myself and the conversation.

    Greek life has so much more to provide compared to social aspect of the business, and can truly prepare young adults to join the professional world. Through developing members personally, and developing officers professionally, Greek organizations can provide life-changing collegiate experiences that can't be found elsewhere.