The Seven Habits of Successful Advisory Boards


  • Advise By Being Around
  • Officers & Committee Chairs Need To See You Often
  • Members Need To See You As A Resource & Not Only As The Person That Deals With Discipline

2. Education & Training

  • Read Websites (Chapter, National & University)
  • Read Magazines (National & University)
  • Attend National & University Leadership Conferences
  • Model Successful Advisory Boards

3. Written Goals & Monthly Evaluation

  • Advisors & Officers Should Develop Monthly, Semester & Annual Goals
  • Goals Should Be Reviewed Between Officers & Committee Chairs Weekly, Between Officers & the Chapter
  • Every 2-3 Weeks and Between Officers & Advisors Monthly
  • Goals Should Be Posted In The Chapter House & On The Website

4. Effective Communication

  • Advisor Should Speak With Regional Officers Monthly & Headquarters Every 3-4 Months At A Minimum
  • Advisors Should Meet With Each Other Monthly As Well As Meet With Their Assigned Officers Every 2-4 Weeks (Some Meetings Can Be By Phone)
  • Advisors Should Coordinate With Each Other To Ensure That There Is An Advisor At A Meeting Every 2-4 Weeks (Every Week If Possible)
  • Advisors Should Meet With The University Greek Advisor Quarterly
  • Advisors & Officers Should Have A Retreat Each Semester

5. Recruitment Strategy

  • Fill Your Needs & Recruit In-Person
  • Find Those Willing To Learn & Who Have A “Thick Skin”
  • Use Tools To Help You Succeed (Other Volunteers, Students, Organizational Charts, Goals, Online Volunteer Applications, Etc.)

6. Recognition

  • Chapters Need To Find Ways To Thanks Advisors & Advisors Need To Thank Their Assistants As Often As Possible
  • Recognition: Service Awards, Newsletter, Website, E-News & Events

7. Fun!