This week was a very exciting one for me. In my last post, I mentioned that I was running for President of my fraternity, and I was fortunate enough to win the position last week!
It is a huge honor, and something that I am really looking forward to. Everyone who I have talked to has told me that it is one of the toughest, but most rewarding learning experiences you will ever have. I do realize that some things will be tough, but I am excited for all the positive change I can make.
Through this process of transitioning into the Presidents role, I have reflected on a couple of things I thought I would share:
1. Go after leadership positions in your organization, even if they seem challenging. If you are passionate about something, the hard stuff will seem to be a lot easier. I can already tell after a week that there will be some hurdles, but I care so much about the position, the house, and the guys in it, that I won’t let anything get in the way of doing the best job I can. I think when you can feel that way about something, and combine it with a drive and good work ethic, the end result will be a very positive one.
2. The second thing to remember is everyone’s experience is different. Usually when you are in a leadership role, you can probably assume that someone had the position before you did. And typically, their experience is completely different. Look to those people for insight when you need it, but don’t let any bad experience of theirs reflect how yours will go. Listen to the advice that former leaders offer because no matter what the situation is, their insight may come in handy. At the same time, you don’t have to do everything the same. Most leadership positions expect certain things to be done, but the way you do it is up to you. Gain respect from the people you are leading, and they will trust that you will ultimately make the best decision for the group.
I am really looking forward to diving into my new role, as well as working with my new executive board to make a positive change in my fraternity. I encourage everyone to seek out leadership roles, big or small, in whatever organization you are in! No matter what position, you will have a great learning experience, and grow yourself in the process.
I hope everyone is finishing out this last week strong, and is looking forward to Turkey Break! I know I sure am!!
Have an awesome Thanksgiving, and I will look forward to sharing a post with all of you soon!!