Something Great.

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Readers,

If you were to look inside my suitcases, you would find an array of clothing, shoes, notepads, snacks, and other necessities to survive on the road. However, nestled between all of this, you would also find a small, bright orange paperback book. It’s one I instinctively grabbed back in August to serve as a reminder of my purpose this year. This book is “The Servant as Leader” by Robert K. Greenleaf. I was first introduced to Greenleaf’s work during a course on servant leadership in my sophomore year of undergrad. The book serves as the cornerstone of my alma mater’s philosophy on leadership and I highly recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in a position of influence.

Several times this semester, I have found myself pulling out the book and reading a few pages for insight and motivation. The last time this happened, I found myself drawn to the following lines:

“Not much happens without a dream. And for something great to happen, there must be a great dream. Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams. Much more than a dreamer is required to bring it to reality; but the dreamer must be there first.”  -Robert K. Greenleaf

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to watch Sigma Kappa chapters across the nation come together to celebrate our Founders’ Day. When reading these lines, I cannot help but think of the five brave women who paved the way for our success. Thanks to their dream and the work of thousands of sisters who followed, we have created something great.

Since hitting the road, I have sat with hundreds of Sigma Kappa’s across the nation, listening to their dreams, goals, and desires. If you can think of a profession, chances are I have met a sister who is working towards it. I’ve met future lawyers, surgeons, teachers, electrical engineers, biologists, nurses, comedy writers, physical therapists, pharmacists, social workers, entertainers, mothers, accountants and event planners. The list continues. I have been so inspired by what my sisters are achieving. I’d like to believe this is what our founders were hoping for all along.

In case you haven’t heard it lately: your dreams, no matter how big are small, are important. You were given them for a reason. Find others who will believe in them with you, and when one dream is met…start working on another.

All my best,

Shelby

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