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When I think of Leadership what first comes to mind is the ability to take responsibility for a situation you are in. A great leader is one who nurtures those around her, that listens more than talks, that respects everyone’s point of view, and that has the ability to recognize that everyone has a special skill or gift that needs to be given the opportunity to grow and share. When I became a Cadette I joined a troop that had the most dynamic leader. She respected who I was and recognized in me the potential of leadership. She stayed with us through our Cadette and Senior Scouting years. It is because of her I am who I am today. She has long ago passed away but she stays in my heart.
Advice for girls
A leader is someone who is willing to take risks and is willing to be accountable for the decisions she makes. Being a leader is a privilege because most of all a great leader is someone who inspires others. Girl Scouts for me was my inspiration. Take on every challenge that you are faced with, find situations in which you are expected a lot of, ask for help, find mentors and model yourself after them, and believe that you have something special to offer others – because YOU DO!
“It is (often) the quiet gesture which carries the most significance – the one which suddenly directs the symphony.” Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey