The following lists are provided so that an advisor may have a better idea of the types of problems he/she may face with their organization (Lorenz and Shipton, 1984). This list is not all inclusive, but may serve as a guide for an advisor.

Leadership Problems

  • The leader does not consult with the organization before making significant decisions.
  • The leader appears to lack self-confidence, is non-assertive, and lacks interest in organization.
  • A rivalry exists between leaders in the organization.
  • The leader has work overload, and too many time-conflicts.

Membership Problems

  • Low attendance at meetings.
  • Members have low satisfaction and morale, are bored, do not communicate well, feel left out or are apathetic.
  • Members compete for attention.
  • An individual member's goals differ from those of the organization.
  • There exists a lack of trust among members.
  • Events fail.
  • There is a lack of ideas.

Organizational Problems

  • Meetings are disorganized.
  • Meetings are too long.
  • The organization suffers from financial problems.
  • There is no continuity from one year to the next.
  • The organization has no "plan of action”.

Inter-organization Problems

  • Disagreement between an organization and other student organizations.
  • Disagreement with institutional policies and procedures.

Advisor Problems

  • Organization members avoid the advisor.
  • Organization members do not pay attention to advisor's advice.
  • The advisor is overwhelmed by their responsibility.
  • The advisor assumes a leadership function.

Information provided by Jim Mohr, Advisor for Student Organizations and Greek Life, Eastern Washington University.