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.
Myth 9. LEAD is basically another lecture every week/month (it takes too much time).
If chapters utilize any of the suggestions mentioned in previous posts on this topic then LEAD sessions will be anything but a lecture.
Even in a chapter utilizing every phase of the program, the most time required for an individual participant would be in Phase I; candidates would attend a weekly Phase I session and an All Chapter session roughly once per month. This translates to a total of about five hours each month. For all other participants, the maximum time commitment would be closer to two hours per month.
Given the diversity of topics covered and the numerous direct and indirect benefits of participation, this is much less time than would be necessary to gain the same information, skills, and abilities on your own.
Using some of the strategies to integrate a LEAD element into other, already planned events, decreases the overall monthly or weekly time commitment of members even more.
Another “best practice” becoming popular among chapters is the concept of “LEAD Days.”
This tactic addresses the time commitment and scheduling concern and adds the benefits of connecting with other local chapters and increasing regional brotherhood.
A LEAD Day is essentially a full day, or afternoon, dedicated to completing multiple sessions from one or more phases. In many cases, chapters will invite other Sigma Nu chapters within their geographic proximity. Attendance by multiple chapters significantly reduces the resources and time necessary for several brothers to experience LEAD at a high level.
In one example, a chapter offers to organize a LEAD Day event on a Saturday. The organizing chapter invites the other area chapters to participate and handles the logistics of the event – reserving meeting space, recruiting facilitators, and providing materials. Participating chapters pitch in to provide lunch and facilitator thank you gifts. As the day unfolds, participants can experience two tracks of programming that includes two to four sessions from Phase II and Phase IV. The event ends with a large brotherhood event after the conclusion of the LEAD sessions.