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The Fraternity Leader: The Complete Guide to Improving Your Chapter Paperback – June 11, 2011
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About the Author
As The Fraternity Advisor, Patrick Daley has written over 500 articles and helped over 1,000,000 undergraduates improve their Greek Organizations. He has delivered the keynote presentation at national conventions and is the author of two books – The Fraternity Leader and The Chapter President. Pat has also survived over 200 mortar attacks while deployed to Iraq as an Air Force officer; he engineered laser guided robot systems in Italy, and shot a 67 on one magical day. He and his family live in Charlotte, NC. Follow him on Twitter at @TheFratAdvisor
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- Too much common sense advice like "brush your teeth" (44), "paintball is another great brotherhood event" (36), and "new member paddles are a tradition that is important" (58).
- Chapter 7 is all just different fundraiser ideas
The articles on thefraternityadvisor.com were helpful. They provided good frameworks and suggestions that I'm incorporating into training material for my fraternity. I expected the book to have unique contributions, but it failed in that regard.
Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" was more useful in teaching practical changes I needed to make in interpersonal relations and communication skills. Messages at church have been more useful in conflict resolution techniques. Articles and material from Facebook were more helpful at helping improve our online presence. And talking with a mentor has been much more useful concerning leadership stuff.
I suggest reading Daley's articles online and then figuring out concrete areas where you and/or your chapter want to change. Then go read up and seek advice on those specific areas.
On the other hand, some of the ideas on recruitment were very good, particularly in the first chapter. My only problem with them was that I already got the best ideas for free online from the author's website.
I hate to judge a book for its presentation rather than the value of its suggestions but the worst part about this book by far is the poor grammar and childish writing style. Some might say these factors are irrelevant in a 'how to guide'. I feel these individuals would understand how much this poor writing undermines the value of the text if they read the book themselves.
Delving further into the quality of the book, the author also did not take the time to differentiate some of his suggestions. He literally took an entire page in the third chapter of the book about social events and copied it verbatim in a suggestion about fundraisers! By the end of the fundraising chapter, I felt strong suspicions that Pat's motivations for writing this book may have been to earn a quick buck a little more than to help a couple of frat brothers make a stellar fraternity
I recently dropped bid to become a founding member of a returning fraternity chapter at my university, and I bought this because I wanted to expedite the successful establishment of said fraternity. Although I cannot at this point say for sure, I think some of the suggestions in this book gave me at least some ideas and framework to build my frat around despite my frustration with much of the content. I think I would recommend it if Pat edited the book here and there
I personally think my chapter is going in the wrong direction, and I was struggling to look for a way to help us. I came across thefraternityadvisor.com after googling "fraternity help" and such. I came across the website, and within a few days, read almost every article and purchased the book. The book really isn't expensive at all so I would strongly recommend purchasing it.
I found it hard to put down this book and actually read it all in one day. It exemplifies leadership and demonstrates ways to accomplish tasks and come up with ideas step b step. I've never been so happy to find this book. It will be an incredible aid to my chapter.
You can also tell that Pat Daley really cares about helping others. This man obviously has passion about fraternity life and knows exactly how to be a leader. It is incredible that he is willing to share with us.
But yeah, I love the book. There's always room for improvement right? No chapter is perfect. And no chapter will ever be perfect, but this book will for sure help you get on the right track if not damn near close to perfect.
You have 4 years in your undergraduate program. Spend $25 and be the difference.
Most recent customer reviews
The formatting and visual wise is very poor, it seems every chapter has its own title size/font and structure.