Sigma Chi International Fraternity is proud to have announced the unveiling of the new Transformational Leader program during the 83rd Grand Chapter held June 24 to 27 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This overarching leadership development program makes Sigma Chi the first Greek-letter organization to offer character and leadership education to its members that is accredited at the same standards as the colleges and universities at which members are enrolled.
“Several years ago, we set our sights on a vision that, at the time, we called a ‘moon shot,’” outgoing 71st Grand Consul Steve Schuyler, ARIZONA 1979, said during the event. “Little did we know just three years later that we would be landing on the moon.”
The program allows members to earn nine stackable certificates that teach necessary leadership skills and competencies and ultimately culminate in a Certificate of Transformational Leadership. Coursework also could be directly transferrable onto college transcripts because the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute, through which this program is offered, has been invited to be a candidate for accreditation by one of the accrediting bodies of the U.S. Department of Education.
SCLI Executive Director Jim Cogdal, BRADLEY 2003, made the program announcement to undergraduate and alumni delegates during Grand Chapter’s third business session the morning of June 26. He explained that the program is designed to meet members where they are and benefit them throughout life.
“There should be no destination in leadership. There shouldn’t be a point that we check boxes to get to. We should always be aspiring to be better, and that’s what the Transformational Leader program provides us. Whether you’re a senior, whether you’re a freshman, or a new dad or a new boss, Sigma Chi and that reciprocal bond should meet you where you are and provide transformational leadership principles. That’s what Sigma Chi is investing in and what we’re building toward,” he said.
Later that evening Schuyler introduced the program to all guests during the Celebration of Sigma Chi Banquet. Schuyler said the launch marks the beginning of the Era of the Transformational Leader.
“Why did we take on this challenge? Because embedded in the DNA of Sigma Chi is high ambition. We know the world expects more of us, and we know that we expect more of ourselves,” he said at the banquet. “To whom much has been given, much is expected. We did this to pay it forward so that every young man who enters our Fraternity will have a leg up on his journey into the world.”
Leading the Era of the Transformational Leader is newly elected 72nd Grand Consul Tim Sanderson, WESTERN ONTARIO 1985.
“As we look to the future, our commitment to leadership development is as strong as it has ever been,” Sanderson said. “By helping to build people of character – the leaders of tomorrow – we build a better world. That is the seriousness, and the importance, of our work.”
For more information about the Transformational Leader program, visit sigmachi.org/transformational-leader.