Greek Living Leaders: Running the Final Company

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 is 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 small business first, and a Η Ελλάδα σπάζοντας νέα σήμερα socialite second to be able to be successful. I would really like to point out some key concepts that report the relation between Greek organizations and businesses.

Greek organizations:
• Divide officers into teams to work on 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 keep 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, as well as many policies and procedures in place for holding events

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

As president, I see all sides of owning a Greek organization and must help every officer no real 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 create fair decisions that benefit the more good, while remaining unbiased in the process. I also response to everyone's questions and concerns while problem solving when an unplanned event takes place. Like, we'd a small crisis with flyers which were made to market an event we were having. When they came in, we noticed the contact email on the flyers was spelled wrong. After some deliberation, we chose to utilize the flyers we'd and made a fresh email with the typo included.

An enormous part of owning a successful organization is beneficial and professional communication. Our main forum of communication between officers and the advisory board is emailing. I discovered just how to properly send and answer emails in a specialist manner. My communication skills have improved substantially since being a leader of my chapter. I have learned to communicate concisely and format information in the most effective way. I are finding providing information in bullet lists is the best way to obtain members to learn messages fully. All of our officers must hold team meetings and get reports of progress in the various areas on their team. Officers are accountable for organizing their very 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 valuable traits that I am still learning through my presidency, is getting confident 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 is our job to own conversations with them about why this is happening and what we are able to do to be sure it doesn't happen again. These tough conversations become even tougher when remembering that the members of our chapter are also our friends and sisters. As a leader of a Greek organization, I'm learning to have these hard conversations while staying in control of myself and the conversation.

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

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