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You might be surprised about what exactly you’ll find in this tip. You are aware of the saying, It is not what you know, but whom you know.” This idea is just the same. You might be a fully equipped fraternity president, or you might have no clue what the heck you just got yourself in to. A president (of any type) is never greater than the people he surrounds himself with. Even if you’re an experienced fraternity leader, you’re not ready for one year as president. Looking back, you might realize that you were a great president. However looking back, you will realize that it would have been much easier if you had advisors for any particular situation. Or, perhaps it is not guidance you need. Perhaps you only need some campus or local community assistance. That’s always helpful. The key to this is understanding how to build (and put trust in) the partnerships you can have with some other leaders.

First, you must know a college leader. You understand your own university better than most. It is definitely going to be important to know the university president. Believe me, this individual will not be too occupied to cultivate a association with you. Sometimes, the college's provost is a fraternity man himself, or in some instances, he may be intensely against Greek Life. Find the best college staff or faculty who definitely are happy to talk for your benefit when the time comes.

Second, you should know a neighborhood leader. In exactly what ways do you need your fraternity to advance? In philanthropy? In areas of faith? As promising business people? Whether you reside in a small village or a large city, there will be someone who is “the man to know” for all things service. He’ll help your fraternity to find good possibilities to serve, and he will make sure the local media is aware you’re carrying out good work, also. Or perhaps, your brothers need some mentors, specifically for guidance in their major. Discover a company leader and get to know him. He may not be a mentor, but he may be prepared to create a mentorship program with you. And when it's time for the Big Spring Event they have locally, you may be invited.

Next, you have to know the Director of Greek Affairs. This ought to be obvious. If you are going to become a great fraternity leader, you should know the person responsible for Greek Life. Whether you want to leave an excellent impression or want major help with some of your fraternity’s problems, he’s the man to know.

Finally, you must know someone at your Headquarters. I am not referring to a leadership consultant, due to the fact that doesn’t count. I’m discussing somebody who goes to the office on a daily basis, and the man knows many things about a lot of stuff. He needs to know you by name. This individual needs to have your telephone number. And you need to visit your Hq to see him and the rest of the staff if it is not too far away. Your Hq would like your chapter to achieve success, so don’t get the mindset that you can not tell nationals.” Stop calling them that, anyway.

These 4 people are fantastic fraternity resources that form a great foundation for any fraternity leader

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