Girl Scout in West Covina, California
Retired, Founder and former Executive Director, Homicide Survivors
Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings. In this regard, being a leader requires us to be willing to be different, to be uncommon, a risk taker, to blaze the trail. In the circle of life, we are sometimes leading, sometimes following, sometimes supporting, and always circling together. Leadership means to be part of the circle connecting lives together. The reward of leadership is exceptional.
Advice for girls
Step up! Enjoy every minute of your life. Believe in yourself and be true to yourself.
Be confident. No one has ever done what you do or said what you say. You are unique, the only you in the world, you are a born leader.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. -St. Francis of Assisi
By Definition, to be exceptional, you have to be the exception, not the rule. -Dharmesh Shah