Empowering Girls to Fly High

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Teach Young Girls To Become Good Leaders… The World Needs Them

The Majority of leaders in the world are male. Whether you look at politics, science and technology  or business you will find leadership teams highly dominated by men. It doesn’t mean that women don’t have the ability to lead. The truth is… women can be great leaders just like men.

Some of the most powerful women leaders who made great contributions to the world are Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton, Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Angela Merkel, Corazon Aquino, Meg Whitman, and Oprah Winfrey just to name a few.

Parents are undoubtedly the foremost persons behind the making of a leader particularly a woman leader because girls need a great amount of encouragement to believe in themselves and acknowledge the reality that they have the quality and the capacity to lead.

“I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.”
---Margaret Thatcher---

Every girl begins to understand the meaning of leadership at home. She develops leadership skills, self -confidence and sense of responsibility based on how her parents teach her to respond to situations at home. It is also at home where she will first develop her beliefs, core values and principles in life that are relevant to becoming a good leader such as honesty, justice, trust, courage and self-sacrifice.

Lena Hakim recommends parents to nature the three important aspects in a girl’s life to ensure that her leadership skills are built through a strong foundation

1. Creativity - Encourage her to be creative in solving problems and “think outside the box.” Explain that there are answers to every question and solutions to every problem.

2. Independent Pursuit of One’s Interest - Encourage her to follow her dreams and interests. Advice her to do the things she enjoys and love with commitment, hard work and have the desire to achieve excellence.

3. Financial Independence - Teach her to become financially intelligent and help her break the Disney princess culture that a woman needs a prince to care for her. A woman will only develop real confidence if she is financially independent, has the ability to make her own choices in life.
Stop by in the next few weeks as we will be introducing  to you a few amazing organizations that excell at teaching girls leadership skills.

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
--- Judy Garland---

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Happy parenting! 

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