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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.
  • Resource person

    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
  • Counselor

    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

    • Accessible
    • Always prepared
    • Consistent
    • Creative
    • Empathetic
    • Energetic
    • Flexible
    • Good listener
    • Good communicator
    • Insightful
    • Keen observer
    • Objective
    • Patient
    • Sense of humor
    • Trustworthy

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