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?
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.
12 Lessons I learned from Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity’s 2010 Leadership Convention.
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.
People love acronyms. Someone came up with a cute one for goals. They say that all goals need to be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely). I strongly disagree with the statement.
If you are reading this, you understand your fraternity has the ability to improve. All fraternities, no matter how good, can become better.
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.
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.
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.
There are no limits to what you and your fraternity can do if you are motivated and creative.
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.
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.
You will make mistakes as a fraternity leader. Judgment becomes clouded at times with college guys, and the results aren’t always pretty. However, how a person responds to adversity reveals a lot about his character and is a key for personal growth.
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.
My fraternity had a drug problem. The problem was two-fold. First, about half of the brothers started using drugs occasionally. While drug use should not be condoned, the recreational use by most of these brothers never interfered with their standing in fraternity. Drug use was not condoned on fraternity property, and the brotherhood respected that rule.