How can you align leadership training with established student development and leadership theory? Use the Social Change Model of Leadership to create align your departmental and organizational goals with your activities. Being a new professional in student affairs can be daunting. Especially if you are advising student organizations, fraternities and…
Fraternity and sorority leaders can be at the forefront of creating change on their campuses. Imagine if they put their energy into developing a community that welcomed students of color and the working poor? Particularly on predominately white campuses? How can the Greek community be part of creating change that will be ready for the students enrolled in the future?
How do Greek members develop a sense of citizenship and show their benefit to the community? Learn more about how to practice citizenship that matters!
All collaboration opportunities present challenges and risk. Student groups can learn to harness the challenges and meet the risks to develop new and innovative ideas. Learn more about how to collaborate better and expect great things from partners! Collaboration is not just putting your name on a flyer and bringing…
Last week I tackled the topic of conflict and civility in fraternities and sororities. I addressed a few ways a chapter can engage in conflict and make it part of the standards of behavior expected from its members. In summary, a chapter needs to invest as much time in teaching its members what conflict should look and sound like as it does when training new and old members on other important member behavior. This week I’ll continue to explore this topic, introducing strategies on how to engage in conflict that makes our work better. I’ll introduce a couple of ways to ask your members to disagree that helps refine the outcome of your decisions. And I’ll connect the idea of conflict with civility with the concept of congruence.
Do you know how to use conflict to get your group members to consensus? How do you use disagreements to reinforce the standards and values of the organization, without ending up in endless fights? In other words, how do you help your members understand the importance of controversy with civility?
How do you help members, at all levels, understand the importance of living the values in ways that match the intentions of the founders and the chapter? How do you reinforce the positive behaviors while holding people accountable for behaviors that violate the values of the organization? In other words, how do you help your members understand the importance of congruence?
What does commitment look and sound like your chapter? By using the Social Change Model of Leadership, you can learn how the chapter should address these issues, and how you can help build stronger organizations that will meet the needs of your members and your campus.