This post is part of a larger series to address the most common myths, misconceptions, and excuses that chapters and members have regarding the LEAD Program. Follow the entire conversation and get caught up on each of the issues we are addressing by clicking here.
3. LEAD is for Sigma Nu ONLY
While the program was designed for and is primarily used by Sigma Nus, the content of the program is relevant for most individuals and groups. With very few exceptions, LEAD sessions, and in fact entire phases, could be conducted with most college students and student groups.
Of the total library of sessions, very few are specific to Sigma Nu (e.g. History, PEP), and only a few more would only be relevant to members of Greek organizations (e.g. Fraternity, Ritual). By and large though, at least 75% of the sessions are relevant for and have been designed with the general college student or group in mind. With this information, chapters are encouraged to open up their sessions to a larger audience.
Some suggestions include:
- Pairing with a sorority or other Greek organization to hold a joint session
- All Chapter Module A Session 2 on Etiquette could serve as a great mixer or member date if done over a meal.
- All Greek organizations need to do risk management and general chapter and personal development programming. All Chapter is an ideal place to draw topics from.
- Networking and career preparation sessions from Phase IV for the Greek (or campus) community
- Incorporating LEAD into recruitment
- Offering the Phase I Time Management session in a freshman dorm during the first few weeks of class.
- Inviting prospective members to participate in Phase I sessions with the current candidate class OR hosting a Phase I session as a recruitment event (Fraternity, Leadership & Working Groups, etc.)
- Using LEAD as a general PR tool
- Working with Business Department faculty to host Phase IV sessions for the business school
- Offering specific sessions or an entire phase (Phase II is popular) for campus leaders or any interested students through a semester long seminar series (sign up in advance or come as you choose models have both been utilized by chapters).
This general concept also applies to a chapter’s use of facilitators. You do not have to be an alumnus, or have any experience whatsoever with the LEAD Program, to be a decent facilitator of the program or a specific session. In fact, the program encourages the use of subject matter experts and experienced facilitators throughout the curriculum. Guest facilitators can come from anywhere – staff, faculty, business leaders, community members, professional speakers, alumni, and in some cases even other students.