What “Excelling with Honor” Really Means

By James Ehrmann (Iowa)

Excelling with honor – that’s what we strive to do as Sigma Nus.  That’s the vision of our organization.

But what does that mean?  How, exactly, does a brother meet these broad expectations?

You lead with honor.

In this post at his LinkedIn page, former CEO Douglas Conant presents four ways to influence people with honor every day.

“…people are watching what we do and how we do it.  The people we seek to influence are acutely aware of our actions.  They notice dismissiveness, lazy thinking, and lack of integrity.  They also notice careful listening, offers of help, consensus building, and trustworthy behavior.”

Wise words; especially as hundreds of chapters prepare to elect new executive boards.

Be aware of what you do, not just what you say.  And, as you prepare your leadership platform and goals for future positions, utilize Conant’s suggestions as tangible ways to drive you chapter towards the fraternity’s ideal of Excelling with Honor.

James Ehrmann (Iowa) is a former staff member and current assistant director of fraternity and sorority life at University of Washington.

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