Greek Life Leaders: Working the Supreme Organization

  • Many may only see collegiate Greek life as a social group who hides their partying behind community service hours and charitable donations. However, I wish to challenge that stereotype by concentrating on the professional development and self-improvement opportunity that's presented to Greek life members - especially people who hold leadership positions. Currently, I serve my one-hundred member sorority as chapter president and work with other officers to keep up 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 would really like to point out some key concepts that show the relation between Greek organizations and businesses.

    Greek organizations:
    • Divide officers into teams to work on specific aspects of the chapter
    • Must operate on a strict budget, fueled solely from member's dues
    • Must market themselves well to be able to continue to recruit new members
    • Have mission statements and values to put on 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, along with many policies and procedures in area for holding events

     

    These are just a couple points that show how Greek organizations are ran as the greatest business, combining friendship with professionalism and offering members a good opportunity for private 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 discovered to make fair decisions that benefit the higher good, while remaining unbiased in the process. I also answer to everyone's questions and concerns while problem solving when an unplanned event takes place. Like, we had a tiny crisis with flyers that were made to market an event we were having. If they came in, we noticed the contact email on the flyers was spelled wrong. After some deliberation, we made a decision to use the flyers we had and made a new current email address with the typo included.

     

    A massive section of running a successful organization is beneficial and professional communication. Our main forum of communication between officers and the advisory board is emailing. I discovered 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 have learned to communicate concisely and format information in the utmost effective way. I have found providing information in bullet lists is the greatest way to have members to see messages fully. All of our officers must hold team meetings and get reports of progress in different areas on the team. Officers are accountable for organizing their very 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 very valuable traits that I am still learning through my presidency, is how to get confident with hard conversations. I work closely with this Director of Standards and Ethics to be sure our members are holding themselves to the high ideals and values. When someone is falling behind, it's our job to have conversations using them about why that is happening and what we can do to be sure it generally does not happen again. These tough conversations become even tougher when remembering that the members of our chapter are also our friends and sisters. As a leader of a Greek organization, I'm learning to have these hard conversations while staying in control of myself and the conversation.

     

    Greek life has a lot more to supply compared to the social facet of the corporation, and can truly prepare teenagers to participate the professional world. Through developing members personally, and developing officers professionally, Greek organizations will offer life-changing collegiate experiences that can't be found elsewhere.

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