A highly successful TKE brother shared this quote with me, and I think it is spot on.
There are only four types of officer. First, there are the lazy, stupid ones. Leave them alone, they do no harm…Second, there are the hard-working, intelligent ones. They make excellent staff officers, ensuring that every detail is properly considered. Third, there are the hard-working, stupid ones. These people are a menace and must be fired at once. They create irrelevant work for everybody. Finally, there are the intelligent, lazy ones. They are suited for the highest office. – General Erich Von Manstein (1887-1973).
I am fairly confident this quote invoked images of brothers from your fraternity.
Every fraternity has lazy, stupid guys. Fraternity leaders spend an amazing amount of time and energy to try to motivate them to ‘do more’. What a waste of time. Fraternity leaders would be better off directing their energy to more worth-while endeavors.
Every fraternity has hard-working, intelligent brothers. These brothers are the backbone of the fraternity and do ten times what the average brother does. A fraternity cannot exist without these guys and they should be treasured.
Every fraternity also has the hard-working, stupid brothers. These guys go off half-cocked on one hair-brained idea after another. Since they are dumb, most brothers don’t have the heart to tell them to stop. These guys are a cancer to any organization.
Finally, there are the intelligent, lazy brothers. The General says these are the ones best suited for highest office. Intelligent, lazy brothers will think of ways to do things faster, smarter and better. Then, they will be eager to give the responsibility of actually implementing their ideas to the other brothers. This promotes ownership in the fraternity, which leads to an increase of morale and participation. This is exactly what you want in a fraternity leader.
This is an awesome quote, and really sheds a lot of light on our brotherhood. Thanks Mark!