I was going through some of my old notes and found a bunch of my recruitment stuff and conference notes. I knew that my experience in Alpha Gamma Delta would teach me skills that would be valuable, but I didn’t realize how much I would grow. Here are some things I gained from sorority life that can be used in my career life:
- The way to keep people interested in your organization is: be positive, be thankful, have fun, and reward.
- Why is the most important reason we do anything. To keep people motivated, remind them why they started. People will work harder if they remember what they are getting out of it.
- You have to actively recruit the people already in your organization just as much as new people.
- Give people options so, they feel a part of the process. Keep them actively involved in decisions.
- You have to constantly fill your own cup, that is the only way to help others.
- As a leader, you have to drink the koolaid. People will not be interested in what they’re doing if you aren’t. You have to set the example and the expectation.
- Strengths are things that invigorate us, not necessarily things we’re good at. Practice makes perfect. Stop focusing on fixing the weakness and concentrate on succeeding in your strengths.
- When conflict arises, there are always two sides. Validate their feelings while staying objective.
- Organization is key. Always stay on top of deadlines. Takes lots of notes.
- Negativity is contagious, but so is positivity. Foster the positivity.
- Start meetings with a list of positive things that happened throughout the week.
- Support others when they speak and speak with confidence.
- Be transparent and set expectations.
- Set yourself up for success and be future oriented.
- When delivering bad news, state the facts and show you care.
- Create opportunities rather than obligations.
- Communicate. Ask for ideas. Ask for opinions. Connect with people. You can’t lead if no one follows. They have to be invested and “buy-in.” Know your audience.
- Breathe. You are doing better than you think you are.
As I am getting excited for the future and reflecting on all I’ve learned, I know You are the one who holds my future.
So, that is my prayer today. I pray that I keep following you. I pray that I keep growing and learning. Thank you for making plans for me. Thank you for guiding me. Thank you for the opportunities I’ve been given. Thank you for the lessons I’ve learned. Thank you for the people I’ve met along the way. I pray that I am able to take what I’ve learned and use it for your glory. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.