To be an effective advisor requires different time commitments for different groups. The number and size of activities, as well as the maturity level of each organization will impact the number of hours needed to be an effective advisor. It is important for the advisor and the officers of the organization to meet early in the year to develop a set of expectations for each other. This will allow for a clear-cut understanding of the advisor’s role and time commitments that are involved.
The appropriate role of the advisor is not to become “one of the gang,” nor is it to remain conspicuously aloof from the group. The effective advisor is one who will render advice when it is requested and offer counsel, even though it may not have been sought.
The voluntary association between advisors and their respective groups should continue as long as both parties believe the relationship is productive and mutually satisfactory
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