Girl Scout Brownie
Leadership means being the type of person whom I would want to be my mentor or friend. It means doing the right thing. Leadership means standing up for yourself, for others, and for what you believe in while being respectful of others. You do not need to have a title or be in a position of power to lead- you just need a strong sense of self and know what you want to accomplish.
In college I wanted to be a skydiving instructor. People told me I was being ridiculous. They pointed out that I didn’t know any skydivers, that I didn’t have transportation to the airport, that I didn’t have money to learn, and that my parents would kill me. In response, I researched skydiving centers from the phone book (this was before the web became popular), I started a Skydiving Club at school so I could rent University vehicles, I got a job, and my parents got over it. I petitioned for grant money to fly toArizonato compete in the Collegiate Nationals and I did in fact become an instructor. A leader will see obstacles as challenges, not as roadblocks. Don’t let other people’s fears and limitations define who you are- only you can define yourself.
With that being said, I truly believe you can do whatever you put your mind to and be whoever you want to be. This does not mean it is without sacrifice or consequences but it is your choice. Being a leader gives you strength, confidence, and a sense of self-worth. While it can be a bit scary or challenging at times, I love being a leader- it gives me freedom.
Advice for girls
- A good leader will recognize opportunities to allow others to lead.
- Do what you know to be right and when you mess up (because if you never mess up you are not leading), admit it, apologize, and move on; learn from your mistakes but don’t dwell on them.
For Business: You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. – Henry Ford
For life: The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir