Leadership by Example
William Phillips, who we affectionately know as 'Uncle Billy," did
not start out at Richmond College to become the epitome of the Fraternity
Man. Brother Phillips answered the call with the original six Founding
Fathers to form and lay the ground work for perpetuating the organization
you know today. Brother Phillips devoted his entire life to Sigma Phi
his book, The Ascent of Man, Jacob
Bronowski, speaking of the history of humankind, said, "The personal
Commitment of a man to his skill, the intellectual commitment and
emotional commitment working together as one, has made the ascent of
good way to think about commitment is as dedication to the work a person
has chosen to do. Not as
dedication to a job. The
difference is not frivolous, because it goes to the heart of an employee's
attitude about what he or she does.
we set ourselves to do is not the same as holding a job.
When an employee (or a manager) says, "I do my job,"
chances are he is not very emotionally involved in the substance of what
all have met meet people who claim to love their jobs but mean they love
the style of it, not the substance. "I
love being a sales rep" is not the same as, "I love
selling." "I love being a magazine writer" is not the same
as "I love writing.” I love being a manager (or a vice president or
a department head)" is a far cry from "I love being able to get
people to accomplish goals together." Often the focus is on the
trappings and not the work. These
attitudes are understandable given the emphasis we place - in our society
as well as in business - on the symbols of status and achievement It often
seems quite compelling as well as entirely reasonable to put a lot of time
and effort into maintaining the rewards to the detriment of the reason we
get the rewards.
you a Fraternity man or an officer or a committee chairman or , committee
member because of the "perks" or the prestige, or is it because
you love the responsibility and the "work" of
"Fraternity?" Influencing lives is our business - are you doing
have you done for Sigma Phi Epsilon today?
an Agent of Change