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September 2009



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In this study three hundred members of fraternities and sororities at a large, public, landgrant institution located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States responded to the items of Kouzes & Posner’s Student Leadership Practices Inventory (SLPI) (Kouzes & Posner, 2006). The results of the study were used to determine the leadership practices of the respondent group and the chapter members representing the four governing councils for fraternities and sororities at the host institution. Additionally, this study sought to identify the differences in leadership practices among members of the four governing councils. The results of the study indicated no significant differences in leadership practices subscales between members of the governing councils. Significant differences were found in specific SLPI items between the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council (NPC), and differences were also found between the IFC/NPC and the United Council of Fraternities & Sororities (UCFS) councils. This study has practical implications for professionals who work closely with fraternities and sororities through understanding the leadership practices of members.