A blog called the Student Leader Think Tank has a post up that questions the need of traditional bureaucratic hierarchies in student organizations.  I had been thinking about this clear back into my time at Allegheny, but unfortunately I never did anything about it.

I write about Millennials a lot on here, and by now you might know that one of our generation’s characteristics is that we work well with others.  Thus, it’s not a surprise that a traditional leadership model — complete with a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer — hardly fits well with our methods of being productive.

The Student Leader Think Tank suggests that the most successful student groups forego this organizational style and, instead, implement a flatter style that is more inclusive of whomever is interested in doing the work that needs to be done.  This is especially due to better technology that allows for increased access to information.  The SLTT also brings up the potential of wikis and blogs when trying to get away from other potential tedious headaches like filing a constitution with the student government or trying to distribute minutes to membership.

I guess I have very little to say other than to echo what’s already been written.  In my experience a traditional, top-down model is very clunky when operated by our generation.  Perhaps more groups on college campuses (and other young adult-led groups) should adopt this leadership approach so that more of the membership has a larger stake in the common purpose of the group.

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