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Leadership in Greek Houses Training (LIGHT) Tip Sheet
 

Leadership in Greek Houses Training (LIGHT) Tip Sheet

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LIGHT was co-sponsored by Kappa, Sigma Delt, SAE, AXA, Sig Nu, Phi Tau, IFC, The Panhellenic Council, the Greek Leadership Council, and the Rockefeller Center. The LIGHT planning team was made up of Management and Leadership Development Program participants in Fall 2012: Lucas Katler ‘15, Nikita Sachdeva ‘15, Meredith Sweeney ‘14, Tianhao Xu ‘14, and Eric Yang ‘14. For more information, about MLDP, please visit: http://rockefeller.dartmouth.edu/studentopps/mldp.html

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    Leadership in Greek Houses Training (LIGHT) Tip Sheet Leadership in Greek Houses Training (LIGHT) Tip Sheet Document Transcript

    • TIP SHEET YOU • Be confident, and do not fear filling the shoes of previous leaders • By becoming a member of your house, the house becomes your space, so you shouldn’t be afraid of taking action and bringing new things to the table • When you affiliate, you are responsible for carrying everything about the house, but don’t let house history define you and prevent you from rallying support for the things you are passionate about • Be aware of tradition versus precedent, and be critical of your Greek house • It is better to be proud of your house than to follow things that you are uncomfortable with, so be active in making your house better • Formal leadership is not required to make a difference and give back to your house, and becoming a leader is a gradual process through experience • You need to have a meaningful “why” for taking on a leadership position, not something superficial like housing priorities or a resume booster YOUR HOUSE • While leaders shoulder the responsibilities of the house, they are never alone because of each Greek house is support system • Fellow members likely share your ideas and can provide new perspectives and opportunities to get more involved • Everyone’s views and ideas should have equal merit to those of the house leadership, and this mindset will let the house reach its greatest potential • Keep connected with the members, as everyone’s views and ideas should have equal merit to those of the house leadership • Philanthropy should be an important part of the new member experience • New members should get involved right away and shouldn’t feel excluded from bringing up ideas • You can always seek help from upperclassmen in your house and establish strong relationships, while programming chairs will help you plan eventsYOUR COMMUNITY • Identify and build upon the needs of your house and the Greek community • Work with people outside the Greek system to obtain different perspectives and ideas • There are a lot of funding sources out there for events and activities that allow you to not have to spend house money • Leaders have the chance to shape the organization and should work to change negative opinions and stereotypes about the Greek system
    • What is the difference between leadership in the umbrella What are the most important organizations and leadership in a specific house? skills needed by a leader in the • Umbrella organizations have a larger scale and scope of Greek system? leadership than individual houses • Your skills will grow throughout • GLC, IFC, or Panhell are focused on serving the entire your experience in your Greek community as mediators, funders, and policy directors house both before and after becoming a leader • Being able to speak up once you feel more comfortable in your House What is the best advice on the Greek system for ‘16s? • Respecting, listening to, and taking • Don’t think about the house stereotypes, as each house in all opinions, even if they are very has wide diversity of members different from your own • Trust your own judgment and decisions, much like you • Having a sense of humor trusted your decision to come to Dartmouth • Being able to deal with alumni in • Membership does not limit your spheres of community terms of holding fast to your own but instead opens up opportunities to make more goals without being pulled into connections to people with different ideas and interests alumni’s goals • Membership is nonbinding, so if you do not feel that the • Be able to take criticism and house is a fit for you, you can always go inactive or feedback nonpersonally while being disaffiliate proud of positive accomplishments • Be a driver of action, and don’t expect other people to take the What is best way to manage and grow a new initiative for you organization or event?• Show leadership by pre-designing the structure of the group or event and then ask for input and feedback from people who express interest in participating• Attendance is guaranteed to be variable, even for events that are very relevant to most students, so don’t be discouraged by low attendance• Talk to people face-to-face to put a face to the organization or event• Ask friends directly for help by highlighting the skills they can contribute to the organization• Find out who is willing to be dedicated to the organization and share responsibilities with themMoving onwards from here:• Planning of more sober events at Greek houses• More cross-house communication and standardization• More outreach to the umbrella Greek organizations for funding events• Reach out to people you know to build strong relationships and hear other people’s ideas and concerns for the Greek system• Challenge yourself to go and plan an event for your Greek house once a term!LIGHT was co-sponsored by Kappa, Sigma Delt, SAE, AXA, Sig Nu, Phi Tau, IFC, The Panhellenic Council, theGreek Leadership Council, and the Rockefeller Center. The LIGHT planning team was made up of Managementand Leadership Development Program participants in Fall 2012: Lucas Katler ‘15, Nikita Sachdeva ‘15, Meredith Sweeney ‘14, Tianhao Xu ‘14, and Eric Yang ‘14. For more information, about MLDP, please visit: http://rockefeller.dartmouth.edu/studentopps/mldp.html