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Greek Living Leaders: Operating the Supreme Organization

by MikePaine on Aug 27, 2018 Business 305 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 focusing 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 use other officers to keep 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 would really like to indicate some key concepts that show 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 to recruit new members 
• Have mission statements and values to hold 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, in addition to many policies and procedures in area for holding events

They're just a few points that show how Greek organizations are ran as the ultimate business, combining friendship with professionalism and offering members a good opportunity for personal development.

As president, I see all sides of running a Greek organization and must help every officer no matter what team her position is a part of. My days are filled up with constantly making decisions and weighing the consequences. I have discovered to create fair τα τελευταία νέα των ειδήσεων σήμερα decisions that benefit the greater 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 instance, we'd a small crisis with flyers that have been made to advertise an event we were having. When they came in, we noticed the contact email on the flyers was spelled wrong. After some deliberation, we decided to utilize the flyers we had and made a new email with the typo included.

A massive section of managing a successful organization works well and professional communication. Our main forum of communication between officers and the advisory board is emailing. I discovered how exactly to properly send and react to emails in a professional 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 top way. I have found providing information in bullet lists is the better way to obtain members to see messages fully. Our officers must hold team meetings and get reports of progress in the various areas on the team. Officers are responsible for organizing their own meetings and taking minutes to record that which was discussed. Greek organizations teach members to effectively and professionally communicate through emailing, holding meetings, and working together with others.

One of the very most valuable traits that I am still learning through my presidency, is how to get confident with hard conversations. I work closely with our Director of Standards and Ethics to ensure our members are holding themselves to our high ideals and values. If someone is falling behind, it's our job to have conversations with them about why this really is happening and what we can do to be sure it does not happen again. These tough conversations become even tougher when remembering that the members of our chapter may also be our friends and sisters. As a leader of a Greek organization, I am learning how to have these hard conversations while staying in control of myself and the conversation.

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



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