» posted on Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 3:55 am by admin
People a fraternity leader should know
A fraternity leader, the fraternity president, functions as someone the rest of the fraternity will look up to. He is the leader of the brotherhood, and represents it at all times. Not only will the chapter’s fraternity members acknowledge the president as the leader – the university will, as well as the Nationals. A fraternity president must be able to set a positive example for the rest of the brotherhood, as well as project an image that is compatible with the fraternity’s values and ideals.
Because the president is the fraternity’s representative and point person, he has to make sure that his chapter is well represented when it comes to the national fraternities. He has to make sure that there is an open line of communication with national fraternity officials, updating them regularly, and seeking advice from them whenever needed. Reaching out to them and knowing their abilities will in turn allow a fraternity leader to know what kind of help they can offer if a situation should call for it. Some fraternity leaders may opt to delegate this task, but it would be best if the president handles it himself. Doing this will make sure that the chapter is well represented to the national fraternity officials, and will inspire admiration from fraternity members, knowing that their leader is concerned enough to take matters into his own hands.
A fraternity leader should also have a good working relationship with the fraternity’s Chapter Advisor – the role of a chapter advisor is to provide guidance, advice, and support to the chapter and its officers, as well as monitoring their progress. There are times when a fraternity might have more than one advisor. Regardless of number, the fraternity leader should know all of them. A chapter advisor will be devoting a good amount of time to the fraternity, and having both a leader and advisor with the best interests of the fraternity at heart is essential to a successful brotherhood.
A fraternity leader will be working with the advisor to create a relationship with their national (or international) organization and letting the fraternity know what resources are available to them. They will also work with the fraternity officers to integrate the fraternity’s goals and mission while supervising the chapter’s affairs when it comes to the community, campus, and organization. It’s important for fraternity leaders to be able to meet advisors on a regular basis, as well as on request if needed. The advisors are resource persons when it comes to planning events, as well as assigned to educate the chapter on national or international policies, and their code of conduct. They will also work with the fraternity leaders when it comes to ideas for recruitment of new pledges, as well as retention of current members.
A good fraternity leader will also know all of the members in his organization. Knowing everyone personally, and managing to keep in contact with them, will help to strengthen the brotherhood more than any event can.
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