As I was doing research for this edition of LinKS, I came across a great article in the Huffington Post. If you get the chance, I highly recommend reading the entire article
The article starts off with an amazing quote by Bindu that made my heart so full:
"Women who understand how powerful they are do not give into envy over meaningless things, instead they fight to maintain the beautiful bond of the sisterhood. These are the real women who know that we need each other's love and support to survive in this world. Love is the essence of being a woman. We must be that light of love that seals the bond and unique beat of our sisterhood."
After I wiped away a few tears and read on, Sophia Nelson really hit home that sisterhood is not something to take lightly. We may not be close with all of our sisters, but they all deserve our support and respect. She also says that "being our sister's keeper should be a reflex" and we should treat our sisters how we would want to be treated.
Sophia goes on to say that it's not about your success, but the success of all women. This is true within our chapters as well, you may be a successful leader or student, but if your other sisters are struggling, you should help them be successful as well. She asks everyone to make a pledge to the following 5 things:
1. Be kind. Pretty simple but sometimes people forget. Just be kind to each other.
2. Be patient. Treat other women and you want to be treated, not as you may have been treated.
3. Communicate. Communication is key! Communicate what you need, people aren't mind readers. Talk directly with the person you need to, don't talk behind people's back. This violates the "woman code of life".
4. Be empathetic. Empathy is the most important leadership skill you can have. "If you cannot find it in your heart to act like a human being before you act like a supervisor, boss, executive, colleague or friend than you have failed leadership 101."
5. Operate by a Code of Conduct and don't be a hypocrite. Let's set an example of what it means to be a sister so the ones that come after us will know. Don't live by "do what I say, but not what I do". Esse Quam Videri.
Above all things, to be a great sister you need to be LOYAL. Help your sisters when they need it, smile at them, say hello, be kind and forgiving. All of these things will help change sisterhood and it all started with YOU!