The TRUE Brother Initiative is a comprehensive development initiative that benefits new members, initiated members, and alumni of Lambda Chi Alpha. The foundation for the True Brother Initiative is formed by the Seven Core Values of Lambda Chi Alpha – Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Service and Stewardship, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.
No longer satisfied with how false concepts and inappropriate stereotypes contribute to the modern day fraternity experience, Lambda Chi Alpha recognizes our Seven Core Values as the foundation of our brotherhood, and these values are fully incorporated into all aspects of operations. From the beginning of a man’s Lambda Chi Alpha experience, these values are instilled and cultivated through a tactical approach to values based recruiting, lifelong values education, and meaningful ritualism.
In addition to embracing core values and developing our brothers beyond initiation, Lambda Chi Alpha has made the shift to utilize the educational and developmental model, termed the Lambda Chi Alpha Learning Model, in approaching all aspects of operations affecting our constituencies. From new members and active brothers to alumni, staff, and more, the model is rooted in concepts like mentorship and role modeling, commitment, and servant leadership.
At the undergraduate level, chapters and colonies are expected to embrace values-based recruitment and values-based education by incorporating and utilizing the Seven Core Values and Lambda Chi Alpha’s Learning Model in their chapter operations.
Values-based recruitment is being committed to actively seek, recruit, and bid prospective members that are predisposed to our ideals and core values, as well as showing a commitment to values by developing events and activities during recruitment and throughout the year that are centered on the Seven Core Values.
After being recruited and experiencing the Associate Member Ceremony, new Associate Members are then given full and equal rights and responsibilities of membership. These responsibilities include the expectation to grow and develop within the Seven Core Values through participation in meaningful values-based experiences.
Rooted in the backbone of Lambda Chi Alpha’s educational and developmental model is ritualism. The use of both exoteric and esoteric symbolism to teach important life lessons is intended to leave members with mentally salient values motivations. In no way is ritualism in Lambda Chi Alpha meant to be mystic or confusing. Instead, it’s performances are meant to teach, inspire, and bring members closer together.
Reflective exercises associated with each developmental level ensure that brothers do not miss the meaning of their experiences. The general developmental movement within the initiated brother component is always towards a more complex and encompassing view of self, of others, and of fraternity. The entire developmental journey is about systematically growing men of value by fundamentally shaping who they are (emotional understanding), what they know (cognitive understanding), and what they can do (behavioral understanding).
The True Brother journey outlined in this program is designed to support successful development by maximizing the positive influence of peers and mentors, and moving our brothers towards an increased capacity for self-reflection and self-awareness. This program sets up goals of leadership, stewardship, learning and service and explicates a range of core values associated with being a true brother which when pursued, lead toward a better tomorrow.
Appreciates the direct application of Core Values toward the up building of the Fraternity and its members. A tempered faith is established through the acknowledgement of intention within decision making, toward leaving a more positive legacy than previously expected, by being stewards to the welfare of the future.
Perseveres through reflective development in service to others and the internalization of Core Values. Judgement is sought in the awareness that others look to the Servant Leader as a role model, teacher, mentor, and coach. A dedication to continued growth drives investigation into the role fraternalism has in personal development in non-fraternal contexts.
Leader of Character
Crystalized beliefs bring accountability to ethical decision making within leadership. A heightened awareness of the complexity of situations is quelled through the unconscious application of Core Values. The Inspiration of values congruency becomes synonymous with leadership.
Unswerving dedication to the ideals of membership and to the members becomes intensely ingrained. Core Values are integral to self-identity and are complex in their definition and application. Situations are examined, decisions are weighed, and plans are implemented – not just moments ahead, but days, months, years ahead.
Brothers who are Faithful Stewards understand that Lambda Chi Alpha is a precious gift given to each of us and borne of the labors and commitment of others. We recognize, too, that Lambda Chi Alpha is a unique and distinct culture that is worthy of preservation and that we have an overarching obligation to protect and promote its welfare. We build a sense of stewardship by learning and remembering our local and national history, by treating our rituals and ritual equipment with care, by treating the chapter house with respect, and by recognizing those brothers who practice service and sacrifice for the greater good of Lambda Chi Alpha. The idea of stewardship commits us to hold in trust something of great value for others. When we practice good stewardship, we pay homage to our past and acknowledge that we have a future. The Faithful Steward always strives to leave Lambda Chi Alpha better than he found it.
The Servant Leader understands that service to others is the essence of effective leadership. He always sacrifices self-interest so that others can succeed, and he is committed to self-improvement, continuous learning, and personal growth. He is always seeking ways grow as a leader, as a person, and as a brother. A Servant Leader is motivated by a strong sense of stewardship and he understands that being a Servant Leader means investing personally in the development of others by actively teaching, mentoring, and coaching, and by being a role model for service. The Servant Leader always seeks to provide for the legitimate needs of his people and his organization.
Leaders of Character lead from a base of values. He uses his values system, which he explored as a Faithful Steward and committed to as a Servant Leader, to inform and guide his decisions and actions. He knows not only how to do things the right way, but his character gives him the courage to do the right things, all the time. He possesses the requisite technical and interpersonal skills that comprise his competence as a leader, but it is his character that distinguishes him as a leader and helps him build trust within his organization. The Leader of Character is always prepared to make ethical decisions and to take responsibility for those decisions no matter the consequences. He never looks for loopholes, technicalities, or process errors to avoid taking responsibility. His goal is never a black or white view of right and wrong; his goal is always to be an honorable person. By his words and actions, the Leader of Character “Models the Way” and “Enables Other to Act” and commit to a larger purpose. He makes everyone around him want to do better, and he always puts the welfare of his people and his organization first. Finally, the Leader of Character knows that leadership has nothing to do with title or position, with place or power; leadership is about earning trust and being motivated by a desire to serve.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was once quoted saying “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” The day you accepted your bid to join Lambda Chi Alpha, you took a leap of faith to begin a journey where the ending is still unknown. When you began your journey as a Faithful Steward, you learned that Lambda Chi Alpha is a precious gift, which came with an obligation to protect and promote its welfare. As a Servant Leader, you learned that you must invest personally in the development of others through effective leadership; and by doing so, you must lead from a base of values to become a Leader of Character. Whereas you have much more knowledge now as a Lifetime Brother, you must understand your development and journey in Lambda Chi Alpha is far from over.
In Lifetime Brother, a member comes to a fuller understanding of the obligations in the solemn oaths taken during our rituals, which commit us beyond college for the rest of our life. The bonds we forge with brothers, and with Lambda Chi Alpha, are not just for today, or next week, or when things are convenient; they are for life. The Lifetime Brother helps Brothers better understand their impact and influence on their chapter, and his role in providing a positive role model for other members, especially the younger members of chapter.