Delta Tau Delta is a values-based organization. Our mission and values are offered to the public as a representation of the core values contained in ourRitual. All Delt men live by a common mission: "Committed to Lives of Excellence." All programs offered by the Fraternity reflect our values, and are designed to help the men of our Fraternity reach the level of excellence for which we all strive.
The four fundamental principles of Delta Tau Delta are Truth, Courage, Faith and Power.
Truth is vital in the relationship between an organization and the outside world. If an organization cannot be trusted, it will perish. Truth begins within the organization. In order to truly become brothers, men must be truthful to themselves and to one another. They must hold one another accountable.
Courage takes heart. Those who are courageous thrive. As you navigate through life, you will be confronted with many difficult decisions. Courage helps a leader understand the best option and take it, regardless of the popularity of that choice. Courage has a distinct relationship with truth. One must know the truth in order to stand for it.
Faith is belief. Faith grows and develops and changes. It means trusting yourself and believing your actions are appropriate and right. Faith will help you trust decisions made and believe that information told to you is correct. A lack of faith drives a wedge through an organization and through friendships.
Power begins as inner strength. Power is a combination of talents and inherent abilities and wisdom. It is increased when the power of many individuals is united through an organization or a brotherhood. The power of an organization, when combined with courage, faith, and truth, leads one into the future and ensures success.
In addition to the four principles of Delta Tau Delta, there are five phrases that complete our system of values.
Integrity is Essential Integrity means doing what you say you will do. Integrity establishes credibility for yourself and the Fraternity, and having it means that others can trust you, believe you, and count on you.
Accountability is Fundamental to All Commitments Accountability means holding to your promises, making you responsible for both your words and your actions.
Lifelong Learning and Growth are Vital There is no status quo in the pursuit of excellence. You are either moving ahead through continuous growth and learning, or going backwards and slowly narrowing your choices and opportunities in life. There is no point in today's world where one can afford to stop learning and growing.
Strengthening Community is Essential to our Vitality The pursuit of a life of excellence must occur through constant interactions with many different communities. Therefore, a strong community is vital for your future, as well as the Fraternity's.
Brotherhood Sustains Us Delta Tau Delta is an organization that relies on brotherhood to hold us together. Brotherhood involves individual responsibility to one's self and to others.