The Benefits of Having a Leadership Position
I joined Kappa Alpha Theta my first year at Drake University. For the past year, I have served as our chapter’s Chief Administrative Officer. This position is part of my sorority’s Executive Board and because of this I also serve on the Risk Committee, a committee that focuses on the safety of our members during social events. I was also in charge of the Bylaws Committee and discussed changes whenever necessary. My main responsibilities as Chief Administrative Officer included a lot of the behind the scenes work that much of the chapter doesn’t see, such as submitting forms to our National organization and ensuring the communication between our Drake Chapter and the National Chapter stays up-to-date.
I will officially be done as CAO at the end of this semester. Having this responsibility within my chapter has surely had its amount of frustrations, but I have also learned a lot about myself, sharpened my leadership skills, and gained a deeper appreciation for the work that goes on throughout our chapter. I wanted to take this time to reflect on my year as Chief Administrative Officer and note ways that I have grown and what I have learned.
- Time management is key. With academics, work, and friend and family obligations, sometimes my Theta responsibilities would fall to the bottom of my pile. I started to set a schedule for myself to ensure that I was devoting enough time to all of my responsibilities. For example, I would work on Theta responsibilities every Sunday from 10:00-12:00. I didn’t do any schoolwork or get distracted by anything else during that time. Likewise, I made a point to always stop right at 12:00 to ensure that I could get a start on my other responsibilities.
- Prioritizing is important for success. As stated above, I sometimes found balancing all aspects of my life to be overwhelming. Knowing when things are due made it easy to prioritize and get the most pressing aspects done first. This was important to me because then I didn’t scramble at the last minute to get everything done.
- It’s okay to ask for help, or for an extension. Some weeks are too busy and there will be times where I can’t get everything done. While I don’t like doing so, I have learned the importance delegation and asking for help. I now realize that a respectable leader understands when she is over-committed and isn’t afraid to seek assistance, where I used to see it as a sign of failure.
Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving as Kappa Alpha Theta’s Chief Administrative Officer. I loved being able to give back in a small way to an organization that has given me so much! As of December 3 I will not longer have a position in Theta. Even so, I know that I can take the leadership skills I’ve gained and continue to contribute to my chapter.