Leadership Development

Phi Gamma Delta is committed to provide opportunities for each brother to develop responsibility, leadership, scholarship, and social skills to become a fully contributing member of society.

--Phi Gamma Delta Mission Statement

The Fraternity provides members with leadership development opportunities at every level. The most basic and pervasive of these is the chapter. By taking an active role in the affairs of their chapter, undergraduate brothers learn how to work as part of a team and to contribute toward a common goal.

The Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute: Building Courageous Leaders is a five day premier leadership experience that will empower brothers to work on real issues and challenges facing their chapters. The Institute works through those chapter issues that are incongruent with the values and Ritual of Phi Gamma Delta. Brothers that attend The Leadership Institute will be able to:

  • Articulate their own definition and personal style of leadership.

  • Define what a “personal value” means and identify their own personal values.

  • Create a realistic action plan in consultation with other brothers and facilitators for guiding themselves and their chapter.

The Institue will be available to one brother from each chapter and colony the summer of 2017.


Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute


The Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), hosted by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), is a five-day institute that brings together fraternity men and sorority women from across North America to create opportunities to explore, define, and enhance their leadership skills, personal awareness, commitment to their fraternity or sorority, and grow to expect values based action from themselves and those they lead. At UIFI, you will be given the skills to improve your own leadership abilities and positively affect your chapter, council, and community.

The Fraternity is committed to providing up to 25 scholarships for brothers to attend UIFI. UIFI is targeted to members who are current sophomores or juniors and have held some leadership position(s) in their chapters and/or Interfraternity Council. The scholarship covers the cost of registration for the Institute, while the Chapter is responsible for the cost of travel. If you have questions, contact the Assistant Director of Education.


Taking the Lead

Phi Gamma Delta has partnered with Dr. Ken Blanchard (Cornell 1961), pictured at left motivating the brothers of his Kappa Nu Chapter at Cornell University, to create a leadership development program custom designed for our fraternity and our members. This program, called Taking the Lead, is based on nearly 35 years of research on situational leadership. Taking the Lead is a series of four educational modules that are available to our members to help them achieve success in fraternity, college, career and life endeavors. To request a leadership program or if you have questions, contact the Assistant Director of Education

Situational Self Leadership (SSL): Taking the Lead When You’re NOT in Charge

Situational Self Leadership teaches people how to get what they need to be successful in their fraternity, college, and future career.  To lead others effectively, you first must lead yourself. This module develops skills that are useful to anyone tackling a new job, project, or assignment. SSL is designed to be delivered at the chapter level to our newer members.


Situational Leadership II (SLII): Taking the Lead When You ARE in Charge

Situational Leadership II is aimed at current chapter officers and rising leaders within the chapter. It is designed to increase the frequency and quality of conversations about performance between chapter leaders and the members, with the goals of increasing competence, gaining commitment, and retaining talented members. Participants come away with a leadership tool kit that may be drawn upon in a variety of settings throughout their lives.


Taking the Lead by DISCovering your Personal Style

This module helps participants understand the role that personality and personal style – our natural patterns of behavior and preferences -- play in leading others. On the organizational level it helps members understand what different personalities bring to a group and how to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses. It encourages a greater tolerance for and acceptance of diverse behaviors and preferences, leading to greater productivity.