The Fraternity Executive Association and The Leadership and Training Studio are partnering, to deliver a two-day event for men working on fraternity or sorority headquarters staff. Itís time to help men harness their potential in the workplace. Itís time to support them, to listen to them and help them become the self-aware leaders our industry needs.
We keep hearing the same things from men who are passionate about our work but struggling to maintain positivity, lead during difficult times and turn critical feedback into behavior change. These soft skills are critical to any industry but particularly ours and in order to keep the top talent we need to help them hone these skills. Many people tell us they donít know how to ask for help, they are easily frustrated and unfortunately they are looking for new places to go instead of fixing the issues where they are. (This is happening to men who work for sororities, just as it is happening to men who work for fraternities.)
After all these conversations, we finally realized we must address these issues for many reasons. First and foremost, we keep losing really talented men because they donít know always know how to handle being in the workforce. They need to learn how to advocate, negotiate, really understand the value of feedback (even when itís corrective), and understand the business side of our work. We need to be clear with our talented men on how to handle conflict, how to manage difficult people (including other team members) and how to get a mentor, a coach and a sponsor. Plus, we need to talk to them about coaching and mental health so they can focus on the purpose of our organizations.
Our goal is simple. We want to frame an honest conversation about the expectations of being a man in the workforce. Then, we want to challenge some existing thoughts and behaviors so we can set a practical course for success. We want to keep our men in this industry, but first, we must have direct and authentic discussions.