Relational Leadership and your Sphere of Influence

By Lindsay Ritenbaugh

This weekend I had the opportunity to serve as a facilitator for the Fraternity and Sorority Life Tri-Council Retreat at DePaul University. 40 chapter and council leaders from the Interfraternity, Multicultural, and Panhellenic Councils gathered to talk about relational leadership, your sphere of influence, and how to put your values into action. 

This was my first experience working with representatives of the entire fraternity/sorority community at DePaul. I had previously just worked with Panhellenic as a volunteer during the preference selections of formal recruitment in the fall. Beyond emails shared between us concerning OrgSync and my expectations of all student organizations in my formal role at the university, I had not yet gotten to build relationships with members of these Greek letter organizations. 

The weekend was powerful, helped to form intercouncil partnerships quickly, and concluded with the members of the Tri-Council community making commitments to increase chapter communication and participation in each other's events. As a result of our weekend together, I was even asked to serve as the faculty/staff advisor for Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. I'm excited for this opportunity to advocate for the members and leaders of this national Asian interest sorority. I had missed my experience working with members of the Multicultural Greek Council at the University of Florida, so I'm thrilled to be again connected to a group that "empowers women leaders through its values-based programs and everlasting sisterhood."

Zach Thomas, the lead facilitator, closed out the final session with this video: 

I encourage you to watch it and consider how much of an impact current college students can have on our future. With the simple reverse of this poem, the content completely changes.

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