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What does a college fraternity and leadership culture have in common?


I pledged a fraternity mid-way through my college career. I had gotten to know some of the brothers and one of the things that compelled me to join was their focus on leadership.

Unlike most other fraternal groups, ours was a local chapter that wanted to break the stigma associated with typical fraternities and give back to the campus and community. Instead of hazing, our pledge process was more of a military academy, designed to foster leadership and brotherhood. And in order to be considered a member, you have to be involved in a position of leadership in the college or community.

What started out as a strong culture for the first 10 years quickly unraveled as time went on. Our standards started to slip in membership, and our commitment to excellence waned. New members were more of…

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