You’ve wanted this for a while now, and you finally achieved the success that you hoped for: you’ve become the sorority or fraternity president. As with any good leader, you’ve started wondering how you can be better than the one before. You know that your sorority or fraternity leadership can either make or break a chapter, and you want to know how to be the best president you can be.
How do you become a good sorority or fraternity president? To be a good sorority or fraternity president, it’s essential to abide by the following:
- Prioritize time management
- Remember your why
- Empathize with the fraternity leadership
- Hold people accountable
- Remain humble
- Respect people
To execute each of these appropriately, it’s essential to consider each of these in further detail. Keep reading for more information about how you can be a good sorority or fraternity president.
How to Be a Good Sorority or Fraternity President
Below are the seven ways to be a good chapter president. Keep reading for more details.
1. Prioritize Time Management
Having proper time management should be at the top of your priority list. Being the fraternity president is time-consuming, and if you are unable to manage your time, you won’t get anywhere with anything. It would be best if you took time during the summer to plan the upcoming year to set yourself up for success.
To manage your time wisely, you should set aside time in your schedule every week to dedicate specifically to planning. You may also want to set aside time during the summer to meet with each chair and e-board member to discuss how they plan to execute their duties during the year and see what progress they have made.
2. Remember Your Why
Being the president of your sorority or fraternity is going to be challenging at times. Remembering why you wanted to become president in the first place will help motivate you and keep you going through the tough times. It’s essential also to realize that being president puts you in the spotlight. Not everyone will like you, but if you know why you are doing what you are doing, that won’t matter.
If you became president because you wanted to develop your leadership skills or wanted to be a mentor to others, this is the perfect opportunity for that. You’ll be better off throughout the process if you remind yourself that your goal is to support the sorority or fraternity vision and mission, support people, and make a difference in people’s lives by giving them opportunities to grow.
3. Empathize with the Sorority or Fraternity Leadership
As president, you will realize that sometimes those in other leadership positions will drop the ball. You’ll have to understand that everyone comes from different backgrounds and may not do things as you do. It’s important to be able to empathize with members who are struggling to accomplish their tasks.
With that said, you also need to discern when what someone is saying isn’t entirely true. You can’t completely buy into what excuses people are giving you, which brings us to the next point.
4. Hold People Accountable
While it is important to empathize and understand what others are going through, it’s equally important to hold people accountable. If you don’t set boundaries, people will take advantage of you and walk all over you. As a result, less will get done. You want to be a friend to your fellow brothers or sisters, but you also need to know where to draw the line.
If one of your members drops the ball on an event coming up, it’s important to address them in-person or over a zoom call. Do not text the person as things can get misinterpreted.
When you address the issue, you should come from a place of “we” instead of “me versus you.” Try asking how you can solve the problem together and be willing to help them if they need it.
5. Remain Humble
Even though you may be the head honcho of your sorority or fraternity, it’s critical to remain humble. You are the facilitator of the mission, but you are still equal to everyone else, and it’s essential to treat people as such. Remember to check in with people to see how they are doing. This will go a long way in showing humility and building trust between you and the other leadership positions.
The best leaders know how to delegate. It’s important to delegate tasks so that you don’t get burnt out. It’s also important because it shows the other members that you trust them to do a good job. Micromanaging people can make them resentful, so make sure that you respect people’s work processes when you delegate. Doing so will help you get more done because people will respect you more.
7. Respect People
Another thing that will help people respect you is respecting them. Not everyone you work with is going to have the same values and beliefs as you. Ultimately, you have to be able to put personal issues aside and get to the core of why you’re doing what you’re doing. You are all there to help the sorority or fraternity thrive, and that’s where your focus should be. Always be respectful of people’s differences.
While each of these ways will help you be the most effective president possible, it’s important always to be looking for ways to hone in on your leadership skills. Being a leader also means knowing when to ask for help. Nowadays, you also have technologies available to help you manage your chapter even more effectively.
For instance, GreekXperience’s chapter management platform will give you better information on how you are doing through their robust analytics platform. You’ll also be able to customize voting to your chapter’s specific needs. As the president, you can connect GreekXperience with your campus to get the help that you need.
Now, go, become the best leader you can be!