"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
- Warren Bennis
A key value to our organization is leadership: it is our organization's goal to provide a safe home and community for members to learn to step up and contribute their talents and skills to the greater community. For every chapter event, empty chair positions are available for those to seize the initiative and lead the event. Any member is also free to chair and lead an event of their own, whether that be fellowship, leadership, or service. Every semester, brothers may contribute to fraternity leadership by running for a leadership position in the pledge or executive committee. The executive committee also holds designated chair and project positions for interested members.
Our members also participate in leadership positions in numerous other campus organizations ranging from service to professional to athletics, including: Camp Kesem, Dragon Boat, AFX Dance, DailyCal, ASUC Student Government, and many more.
Alumni Spotlight Wiemond Wu
Greetings! My name is Wiemond, and I pledged with the Fall 2011 Pledge Class. I graduated Cal in 2014 with degrees in Political Science and Legal Studies, and I am currently a law student at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. As an alumnus, I am grateful of all APO provided me, specifically my leadership development.
Leadership can be scary. The reality is that leadership can always be improved. Most people believe leadership entails loud voices and sternness. To me, leadership entails patience, command, flexibility, and careful listening. From my experience, leadership is a position for advocating positive social change. But how do we “train” our leadership to prepare for our future? One answer is through the opportunities APO provides. Our unofficial slogan is “You rush for the service; you stay for the friends.” However, I believe the more applicable phrase is, “APO is only as rewarding as the time you invest in it.”
I always asked myself: how can I shape APO to pertain to my life and my goals? I connected the dots and realized doing community service for the benefit of the people essentially captured what I wanted to do as an attorney representing the interests of future clients. I wanted to go to new heights and test myself in leading at a larger and more influential capacity. My leadership experience opened my senses to the values of leadership and solidified my dream of practicing law. I got to see the positive impact APO made on the community. It is important to be willing to step up your game to accept new challenges. I encourage everyone to weave APO into your agenda in leadership development. APO opens many doors, and the variety of skills you will develop as leaders at Gamma Gamma will take you anywhere. The many alumni throughout the world still embrace their leadership experience gained from here.