Saying yes can be a scary thing, especially when it comes to leading a sorority. Whether your chapter has been run by amazing women for decades or this is only your chapter’s second year on campus, stepping up to lead, by choice or by necessity, can be intimidating. The women who elected you to serve look to you as a leader, friend and example of what a Gamma Phi Beta should be. While this responsibility can seem overwhelming, you have said yes to a unique opportunity and you have the potential to leave an amazing legacy in your chapter and our Sorority. Here are a few things to remember as you embark on this incredible journey.
Someone believes in you.
Never doubt that you are the right person for the position. Whether you wanted to run for membership vice president since you went through recruitment or the outgoing executive board asked you to lead the philanthropy committee, you were elected or selected, because the women in your chapter believe in you. Behind every chapter leader is a fearless group of women who want her to succeed.
Make it your own.
Have a great idea? Share it. Know a better way to do it? Say it. Just because something has always been done a certain way, does not necessarily mean it has always been done the best way. The new ideas you bring to the table shape the legacy you will leave behind.
Take advantage of every opportunity big or small.
You have already taken advantage of one opportunity by saying yes to a leadership role, but don’t stop saying yes to the opportunities presented to you now. From going to Gamma Phi Beta’s Convention to grabbing coffee with a sister, these experiences and encounters will shape you as a person and a leader.
Excellence is an ongoing effort.
In the wise words of Winston Churchill, success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. You will make mistakes, and that’s okay. Every great leader has failed at some point, but what makes them great is that they did not let one failure hold them back. Learn from the past, but don’t let it affect the present.
Never lose the excitement you first felt when they called your name at elections. Never forget how it felt to address the chapter for the first time. Never let the stress of the position keep you from enjoying it. When you passionately embrace your position, you will find success wherever this new leadership role takes you.
By Mary Carol Butterfield (Georgia)
Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Mary Carol joined Gamma Phi Beta at the Delta Upsilon Chapter at the University of Georgia. Mary Carol is a journalism and political science major with a passion for writing, traveling and college football. She has served as ritual chairwoman, new member educator assistant and attended the 2016 Gamma Phi Beta Convention in Atlanta. Living in Delta Upsilon’s beautiful house has been Mary Carol’s favorite part of being in Gamma Phi. From Saturday brunches with all the women in the house to mattress surfing down the stairs, living in 397 was a dream come true.