Let’s Grow Leaders

So I was looking into leadership opportunities for Greek Students (And several for non-greek students) and I wanted to compile a list of some options to look into:

1) The North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) offers a ton of opportunities from UIFI to IMPACT and more. These are chances for both under grad and graduate as well as professionals to be involved. Find a full list of NIC Programs here.

2) A Second opportunity would be through LeaderShape. I personally had some incredible opportunities to be involved with this one myself as an undergrad and you can be involved on a campus or national level. Find more info about the program here.

3) I would also like to offer I-LEAD as an option. The Institution for Leadership Education and Development is a program through the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).

4) The Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) also offers some great opportunities. Being a members as a professional is a great chance to attend meetings and make valuable connections. As a grad student, you can also apply to serve as a part of the grad staff.

5) Don’t forget the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV) either. They offer some great opportunities as does the National Black Greek Leadership Conference (NBGLC) (NBGLC is a part of AFLV).

I listed NIC Above, but you can also be involved with your council’s governing body, whether that be NPHC, NPC, NMGC or otherwise.

When it comes to leadership, there are a number of other important elements to keep in mind such as service, hazing, and remaining relevant, not to mention logistics. I would also like to recommend some further reading if you are the ambitious leader that truly wants to improve your organization. Try a few of the titles below:

Black Greek 101, Walter Kimborough

Social Excellence: We Dare You, Mattson & Orendi

Leadership, James Macgregor Burns

Breaking Out of the Man Box, Anthony Porter

The Fraternity Leader, Patrick Daley

Good Guys, Mattson & Orendi

Transforming Leadership, Lames Macgregor Burns

New Officer Checklist, Wrona & Cooper

Motivating the Middle, TJ Sullivan

The Leadership Challenge, Kouzes and Posner

Finally, read up. Look into transformational leadership, situational leadership, service learning, followership, and much much more.

As Derek Sivers says, know the elements that make a good leader:

And also know what Simon Sinek discusses, the Why of what you do:


About rigsurfer

A Brother of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Inc., Joined in Fall 2010. Completed a B.A. in English at North Carolina State University in 2013 and received a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Texas Tech University in 2015. Passionate about Leadership and Diversity as well as Ducks, Scooby Doo, and reading.
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