True Brother Initiative
Lambda Chi Alpha General Fraternity recognizes its role as an educational institution, partnering with colleges
and universities in providing key elements in the journey of personal, manly development. The True Brother
Initiative is a comprehensive concept of Associate Member, Brother, and Alumni Development rolled out by Lambda
Chi Alpha General Fraternity in 2007. The Initiative explicitly and publicly states the seven core values of
Lambda Chi Alpha:
~ Service and Stewardship
~ Personal Courage
Further, the Initiative prescribes ways that these core values should be used in every aspect of life within the
fraternity, for individual members as well as for the chapter, from Recruitment, Associate Member Education,
Pre-Initiation week activities and through the initiation ritual-all functions of the brotherhood referred to as the
It is no coincidence that the initials of the seven core values are an abbreviated version of the word "LeaDeRSHIP."
Once a man has learned and applied Lambda Chi Alpha's seven core values as an Associate Member and/or as an
initiated brother, the next step of the journey begins: learning and fulfilling the four roles of Brotherhood:
Faithful Steward, Servant Leader, Leader of Character, and Lifetime Brother. Not every brother will fully understand
or integrate his understanding of these four roles - but every Associate Member and Initiated Brother strives to
gain a pure, true understanding of what it means to be a True Brother.
One aspect of the True Brother Initiative that makes it stand above all other programs in the fraternity world is
that the Initiative does not stop with the induction ritual. Once inside the Inner Circle, Lambda Chi Alpha
recognizes that the development of the man and the brother should continue throughout a man's time as an
undergraduate and his entire life. The True Brother Initiative offers additional tasks that are designed to engage
the initiated brother in further developmental, applied tasks that may be undertaken to enhance his personal
development as well as his understanding and application of the four roles of brotherhood. Accomplishing these tasks
and gaining greater understanding of these roles is recognized and celebrated by additional ritualistic ceremonies
that are drawn from the original research, direction and intent of our early founding fathers.
Throughout the entire Initiative, both Outer Circle and Inner Circle elements, learning is based on a model of
Continuing Education/Knowledge, Experiential Learning/Skill Building, and Personal Growth and Reflection, all
leading to Adopting the True Brother Identity.
Lambda Chi Alpha's Seven Core Values
Unswerving allegiance to the organization and its laws, ideals and defining principles prevents us from misplacing
Delineates the sum total of all laws, rules, and customs that make up our organizational, civic, and moral
Denotes the regard and recognition of the absolute dignity that every human possesses, and indicates compassion and
sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others;
Service and Stewardship
Signifies the proper perspective that the welfare of the Fraternity and our broader communities come before the
individual's; Stewardship is the holding of something of value in trust for others;
Circumscribes the complex of all values that comprise the public code of the individual while providing for action
and adherence to a public moral code.
Encompasses the sum total of a person's private moral code-breaching any of these would damage this person's
Depicts the premier virtue that enables us to take responsibility and to persevere despite fear, danger, or
The True Brother journey is designed to support the successful development of young men, understanding the
significant developmental tasks of this period of life, maximizing the positive influence of peers and mentors, and
moving our brothers towards an increased capacity for self-reflection and self-awareness, empathy, altruism, and
This program sets up goals of leadership, stewardship, learning and service, and explicates a range of core values
associated with being a true brother, which when pursued, leads toward a better tomorrow for Lambda Chi Alpha.