Disclosure: special thanks to Girl Scouts for sponsoring this post to create awareness about how to promote leadership in girls. All opinions are my own.
Being a mom to two girls, I want the very best for them as they grow. I want to teach them to grow into strong, confident girls that become leaders as teens and beyond.
Growing up I had several role models who taught me what it was like to be a leader. It wasn’t something you were elected to do, nor was it a title. It was something that you were. Something that people saw in you. Confidence.
Being a leader means that you are confident in who you are, are comfortable with that and it shows to those around you. Yes, being a leader can mean that you actually take charge and lead a group in activities, but it can also just be the person that you are – the friend that you are.
One of the best ways I learned about being a leader was through Girl Scouts. I started Girl Scouts as a Daisy and worked through to being a Brownie. It was a great program I loved taking part in and one that my girls have taken part in!
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that help girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world.
Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in 5 key ways:
The Girl Scouts offers so many programs to help girls learn through doing things, being hands on. Some of my best memories are of the activities we did while in Girl Scouts.
Whether our girls are making robotic arms, cleaning up the roadside, learning to camp outdoors or selling Girl Scout Cookies, there are lessons to be learned that they will take with them for years to come!
The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves, which is very important for girls as they are growing into young ladies. The support around them is unmatched.
I want my girls to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders! Leadership isn’t a label, it’s a lifestyle. It is defined by what you do, not who you are or where you come from. It’s someone who displays positive values, has a strong sense of self, seeks challenges and learns from setbacks. Being a leader means you identify problems in the community and solve them. Being a leader is someone I want to teach my girls to be!