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LEAD Chairman

This webpage consolidates the many resources pertinent to your specific position in order to provide a 360-degree view of what tools are available. It is recommended you take the time to review the resources on this page shortly after election, as it will help you better prepare as LEAD Chairman. Throughout your tenure in this position, you will undoubtedly be faced with some difficult challenges. Trust that this webpage will serve as an easily accessible source to help you meet those challenges. Good luck!

Primary Resources

These resources pertain to the specific expectations of your position. It is recommended that you start by reviewing your officer manual, as all other links on this webpage stem from the information in the manual.

Office of LEAD Chairman Manual 

The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc.

The Law is the Fraternity's constitution. It sets membership requirements, standards of conduct, and the framework for the operation of all entities of the Fraternity, including collegiate chapters. The Law also includes the Trial Code - a set of due process rules and procedures for disciplining initiated members.

Risk Reduction Policy

Along with The Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. the Risk Reduction Policy provides our constituents with specific policies on areas such as the education of initiates and candidates, activities of the chapter, premises of the chapter and hazing.

Pursuit of Excellence Evaluation Guidelines

As LEAD Chairman, your role is most pertinent to the Brother Development subcategory within the Pursuit of Excellence Program. This is a list of criteria for each operational area measured by the program.

Brother Development Action Plan

This resource facilitates strategic planning within the operational subcategory of Brother Development (as defined by the Pursuit of Excellence Program). This action plan instructs the LEAD Chairman and his committee on how to establish expectations, tasks, goals, and strategies relevant to the development of the chapters member development programs.

LEAD Session Inventory

Use this resource to track LEAD session completion each academic term - session completion, facilitators, basic attendance. Update the file name and year at the top of each tab to use this sheet in annual Pursuit of Excellence Program reporting on LEAD session completion.

LEAD Attendance Tracking Sheet

Use this resource to track LEAD session attendance by members.

Master Facilitator List

This tool provides the LEAD Chairman with an organized place to keep track of guest facilitators, recruitment, and future phase implementation plans. 

LEAD Certificate Order Form

Complete and submit this form to order LEAD Completion Certificates for your members. A sample certificate can be seen here.

Officer Transition Checklist 

This checklist should be used by outgoing officers, so they know what to prepare and provide to their successors.

Officer Binder Checklist

This checklist will walk new or outgoing officers on the preparation of the Officer Binder/Notebook, an important resource for the officer transition process.

LEAD Myths & Misconceptions 

This instructional resource debunks the most common myths and misconceptions of the LEAD Program. You will find best practices, innovative ideas, and solutions for making your chapter’s LEAD Program even better.

LEAD Program 

Supplemental Resources

Although not directly related to the expectations of the position, these resources can help you execute them.

LEAD Phase Main Pages

LEAD Facilitator Manuals

LEAD Implementation Guides

Ordering LEAD Materials

To order LEAD materials, please call Sigma Nu Headquarters at (540) 463-1869. Allow 6-10 business days for shipping. If you need materials immediately, the chapter can pay for next day or second day shipping.

Available Materials – All materials are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.

Phase I
Project Planning Simulation (Guide) – Session 9: Project Management
Project Planning Simulation (Participant Test) – Session 9: Project Management

Phase II
Leadership Practices Inventory – Session 2: The Leadership Challenge
Keirsey Temperament Sorter – Session 5: Personality Types
Caribbean Survival Simulation (Leader Guide) – Session 6: Teams and Decision Making
Caribbean Survival Simulation (Participant Test) – Session 6: Teams and Decision Making

Teambuilding Guide 

Sigma Nu's Teambuilding Guide contains nearly 70 activities for chapters to use at retreats, meetings, LEAD sessions, and brotherhood events. The guide includes facilitation tips, suggested audiences and events to use teambuilding with, and discussion questions to translate experiences to improvements in the chapter. The teambuilding activities shared here are only a small sampling of what Sigma Nu chapters, colonies, members, and alumni can use to create experiential learning opportunities. The guide provides tips on facilitating activities; selecting activities for specific audiences and events; addressing key themes like communication, trust, and problem-solving; easy to follow instructions; and discussion guides to process teambuilding experiences.

LEAD Session Evaluation Forms 

After each LEAD Session, have one participant submit this form to let the General Fraternity know how it went. Help us keep the LEAD Program great! 

Evaluating the LEAD Program 

Read information on how the General Fraternity has partnered with George Mason University to evaluate the efficacy of the LEAD Program. 

LEAD Frequently Asked Questions 

Other Leadership Resources  

LEAD Awards 

Nominate your chapter for various awards pertaining to the LEAD Program.

Building a Successful Chapter Retreat 

This resource walks you through the dos and don'ts for planning an impactful chapter retreat experience.

Mental Health

College presents many opportunities and challenges. An important component of a person’s development is learning how to navigate different stresses and challenges that are going to arise throughout their life. In the unique context of a chapter environment, members can play a helpful role in supporting each other in successfully dealing with these challenges.

The Fraternity has partnered with the Human Power Project to offer Behind Happy Faces – Collegiate Member Program and Advisor Resource Series to provide important education to members, chapter officers, and volunteers on the critical concepts of mental health.

The Collegiate Member Program is a series of five (5) 15 to 25-minute in-person workshops designed for all collegiate members. The program has been included as Module D of All Chapter LEAD. One lesson should be facilitated each academic term as part of the chapter’s All Chapter LEAD implementation, which is recommended to be one All Chapter LEAD session facilitated for the chapter each month of the academic year.

The Advisor Resource Series is comprised of five (5) 5-10 minute online lessons designed for collegiate officers and alumni volunteers. Participants are welcome to complete all five sessions in one sitting or spread it out over as many sessions as they would like. While not required, participants are advised to complete the sessions in sequential order.

Sigma Nu Talks

Sigma Nu Talks are a series of curated TED Talks and YouTube clips paired with discussion guides and application ideas to be shared during chapter or candidate meetings, as part of a retreat, or as their own mini LEAD session. The concept is simple - gather together a group of Sigma Nus, watch one or more of the suggested talks, and create a conversation using the included discussion guides.

Sigma Nu Talks...Leadership 

This series of talks covers the topics of Change, Leadership, and Trust. 

Sigma Nu Talks...Values  

This series of talks covers the topics of Character, Motivation, Personal Development, and Success.

Sigma Nu Talks...Social Issues  

This series of talks covers the topics of Diversity, Men's Issues, and Mental Health.

Best Practices Library

This library includes activities, programs, processes, and practices that result in or lead to excellent performance. Practices were collected from Sigma Nu chapters across North America of every size, institutional type, and region of the country. The best ideas and practices that could and should be replicated by other chapters are found here.

The library allows users to sort through over 400 ideas, examples, and templates. Best practices are sorted by area of operations (as defined by the Pursuit of Excellence Program) and subcategorized by type (e.g. accountability ideas, events, finances). 

Common Alcohol-Related Issues

Many of the most important decisions a chapter must make do not necessarily present themselves in a formal chapter setting, but rather on the weekends or during special campus sporting and alumni events. How to handle situations that could potentially alter the future of a chapter and its members is a pressing issue. This collection of "white papers" addresses common alcohol-related topics and instances that chapter leaders and members face on a potentially regular basis and at most, if not all, colleges and universities.

We Have A Situation

While each of the topics covered in this resource should be of importance to the entire chapter, those listed below directly affect the LEAD Chairman area of influence. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the entire resource and pay attention to those listed here.

  • Big Brother Programs
  • Underage ID Usage
  • Binge Drinking Culture
  • Sexual Assault Allegations
  • Interventions
  • 21st Birthday Celebrations
  • Candidate Bonding Events

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