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How can I help my daughter become a leader?

Michele Borba
Psychology
A Girl Scouts of the USA study found that regardless of age, gender, regions, or income, girls identify with immediate family members and relatives -- most particularly their mother -- as those they most admire. Be the example you want your daughter to copy.

Push the pause button on your behavior just this past week. How would your daughter describe your leadership style? Do you …
  • Speak up at home and in public?
  • Help out in causes that concern you?
  • Share your opinions with your family?
  • Stay current with what’s going on in the world and talk about them with your daughter?
  • State your political opinions (and listen to her)?
  • Vote?
  • Bring your daughter along to charitable events you are organizing?
  • Let her know you believe in her traits and boost her confidence?
  • Share examples of women who are strong leaders?
  • Watch media shows that portray confident, strong women?
Don’t undermine your power! Our girls are watching and copying our actions.

Girls -- and boys -- must understand that gender is not a barrier to leadership. Period! We’ve come a long way, but we still have work to do.

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