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Greek Life Leaders: Working the Ultimate Business

by MikePaine on Oct 1, 2018 Business 276 Views

Many may only see collegiate Greek life as a cultural group who hides their partying behind community service hours and charitable donations. However, I would like to challenge that stereotype by emphasizing the professional development and self-improvement opportunity that's presented to Greek life members - especially those that 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 business first, and a socialite second to be able to be successful. I want to indicate some key concepts that show the relation between Greek organizations and businesses.

Greek organizations: 
• Divide officers into teams to work with specific regions 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 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, along with many policies and procedures in area for holding events

They're just a few points that report how Greek organizations are ran as the greatest business, combining friendship with professionalism and offering members a great opportunity for private 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 full of constantly making decisions and weighing the consequences. I have discovered to produce fair decisions that benefit the higher good, while remaining unbiased in the process. I also reply to everyone's questions and concerns while problem solving when an τίτλους ειδήσεων της ημέρας unplanned event takes place. As an example, we had a tiny 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 utilize the flyers we had and made a brand new email with the typo included.

A massive 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 learned how to properly send and answer emails in a specialist 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 utmost effective way. I have discovered providing information in bullet lists is the best way to get members to learn messages fully. All of our officers must hold team meetings and get reports of progress in different areas on their team. Officers are in charge of organizing their very 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 together with others.

One of the most valuable traits that I'm still learning through my presidency, is getting more comfortable with hard conversations. I work closely with this Director of Standards and Ethics to ensure our members are holding themselves to the high ideals and values. When someone is falling behind, it's our job to own conversations together about why this really is happening and what we could do to be sure 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'm learning how to have these hard conversations while residing in control of myself and the conversation.

Greek life has a lot more to supply than the social facet of the business, and can truly prepare teenagers to join the professional world. Through developing members personally, and developing officers professionally, Greek organizations could offer life-changing collegiate experiences that can't be found elsewhere.



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