Traits of a Student Organization Advisor
See the traits you need to be an effective advisor to student organizations.
Teacher and educator
Advisors use expertise, knowledge, and human relations skills to help teach students effectively.
- Advisors teach in an informal classroom setting where attendance is voluntary.
Advisors gain a great deal of experience over time, which becomes extremely valuable to an organization.
Some of the dimensions of a resource person include:
- Knowledge of University policies and services
- The ability to find pertinent information
- A historical perspective
Coordinator and motivator
This role is close to that of a resource person and teacher but is more action oriented. The advisor:
- Acts as a motivator and overseer for the organization
- Provides direction and communication that keep the group moving toward its goal
Partner and friend
This advisor trait is perhaps the easiest trait to fulfill. The advisor can:
- Provide students with an opportunity to vent their frustrations
- Become a friend and mentor to student volunteers
This role is designed to handle the most basic counseling needs.
Accountable administrative official
Advisors need to be consistent and follow through when dealing with important matters.
Some of the responsibilities include:
- Completing University paperwork
- Working through proper channels
- Taking care of unresolved matters
- Cutting through red tape
Other advisor traits
- Always prepared
- Good listener
- Good communicator
- Keen observer
- Sense of humor