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Greek Life Leaders: Running the Final Company

by MikePaine on Jul 22, 2018 Business 319 Views

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 concentrating on the professional development and self-improvement opportunity that is 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 steadfastly keep up a well-balanced, structured, and involved organization.

Fraternities and sororities must operate as a small business first, and a socialite second to be able to be successful. I want to indicate some key concepts that report the relation between Greek organizations and businesses.

Greek organizations: 
• Divide officers into teams to focus on specific areas of the chapter 
• Must operate on a strict budget, fueled solely from member's dues 
• Must market themselves well in order to continue steadily to recruit new members 
• Have mission statements and values to carry their members to and gear their brand 
• Must follow rules from, and are accountable to, their national headquarters 
• Have insurance to cover their organization and its members, in addition to many policies and procedures in place for holding events

These are just a couple points that show how Greek organizations are ran as the best business, combining friendship with τελευταίες τελευταίες ειδήσεις σήμερα professionalism and offering members a great opportunity for personal development.

As president, I see all sides of managing a Greek organization and must help every officer no matter what team her position is really a part of. My days are full of constantly making decisions and weighing the consequences. I discovered to produce 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. For example, we had a small crisis with flyers that have been made to promote an event we were having. If they came in, we noticed the contact email on the flyers was spelled wrong. After some deliberation, we decided to use the flyers we had and made a new email address with the typo included.

An enormous part of running a successful organization is beneficial and professional communication. Our main forum of communication between officers and the advisory board is emailing. I have discovered how to properly send and react to emails in an expert 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 most truly effective way. I have discovered providing information in bullet lists is the best way to get members to see messages fully. All of our officers must hold team meetings and get reports of progress in different areas on their team. Officers are responsible for organizing their own meetings and taking minutes to record what 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 ways to get confident with hard conversations. I work closely with this Director of Standards and Ethics to ensure our members are holding themselves to your 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 ensure it does not happen again. These tough conversations become even tougher when remembering that the members of our chapter will also be our friends and sisters. As a leader of a Greek organization, I am learning how to have these hard conversations while remaining in control of myself and the conversation.

Greek life has a lot more to provide compared to social part of the corporation, and can truly prepare teenagers to become listed on the professional world. Through developing members personally, and developing officers professionally, Greek organizations could possibly offer life-changing collegiate experiences that can't be found elsewhere.

MikePaine

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