A motivated leader is always thinking about the fraternity, and always thinking about how he can improve the chapter. He will participate in hundreds of impromptu brainstorming sessions. What is the point though if most lessons are lost?

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People have two options in life – they can be happy or they can be miserable. There is no in-between. The people in the grey area between the two are really in the miserable category.

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Great ideas are at a premium in the Fraternity World. After all, a fraternity leader only has four years as an undergraduate brother, and three months of each of those years are during the summer. Time is precious, and the amount of time to think up the next great idea is limited.

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Next week, I will be giving a presentation at Pi Lambda Phi’s National Convention in Chicago. The title of my presentation is ‘The Fraternity Leader” – a theme that I am obviously passionate about. I will share five leadership lessons I have learned in my life in my presentation, and I relate those to the challenges faced by every fraternity leader.

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This is a guest post by Jesse Koch. Jesse currently serves as the Associate Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Jesse maintains his own blog, Fraternal Musings, where he provides guidance and support for undergraduate fraternity and sorority members. Jesse is a proud member of Sigma Pi Fraternity.

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Most fraternities have a judicial board. These are set up to provide judgment when a brother isn’t meeting the fraternity’s expectations. Be very, very careful though. More times than not, judicial board hearings will turn into disaster.

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There once was a study about behavior. The person conducting the study put a bunch of monkeys in a room with bananas on a pole. Whenever a monkey would try to climb the pole to get a banana, the person conducting the study would use a fire hose to knock the monkey down.

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Nearly every fraternity has a group of unmotivated guys. For some reason or another, these guys are brothers in the fraternity, but just aren’t very interested in coming around the chapter house much. The fraternity ends up spending a lot of time and energy trying to get these guys to attend fraternity functions, with little success.

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The number of members in a fraternity fluctuates throughout a fraternity’s history. There are going to be times when a fraternity is very low on numbers, or even on the brink of closing. While it does present a serious challenge, it isn’t a situation that can’t be overcome.

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As president, it is your responsibility to make the fraternity look good, even if the rest of the brotherhood doesn’t care. Winning awards is a great way to do that. Your fraternity should be well positioned for being selected by following these three keys to winning awards.

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