Leadership Institute


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Published in Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors 2:2 (September 2006), pp. 81-94. Copyright 2006 Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.


An essential component of the culture and stated purpose of fraternities and sororities is their commitment to leadership. This is highly espoused as a prerequisite to joining and an outcome of membership. With this in mind, it is important to evaluate what leadership means in the context of a fraternity or sorority. This article concludes that leadership can be perceived as exercising power, holding formal positions, and serving as a positive role model for other members. Through understanding the multiple approaches to leadership, the culture and effectiveness of undergraduate fraternal organizations can be evaluated to verify the authenticity of claims of leadership development.