Hello to everyone,
I am very pleased to introduce you to Megan Moede, a young professional in Dallas and a Volunteer at Girls Inc.
Megan graciously accepted my invitation to her to write a guest blog for my column. She chose the subject of Youth Leadership in girls, which I am eager to share with you. In preparing her blog, Megan reflects upon her childhood, her observations she has made as a young professional in the work place, and her experience helping young girls become Strong, Smart and Bold. As you read Megan’s guest blog, please consider becoming a volunteer at Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas. For more information, please call Lori Hudson, Volunteer Resource Director, at 214.654.4506 or a email@example.com. Thank you.
Youth Leadership – How it Makes Girls Strong, Smart and Bold
When I was younger, I had the benefit of having a strong pool of female role models in my life. My Mother, along with several other female relatives, were all great sources of positive leadership. They all had roles that required people to take their authority seriously, like in the teaching and medical field. I got to watch as they navigated through periods of adversity and blazing success, all while noting their strategy to later on emulate in my own personal and professional life. Not all young females are that lucky to have this type of support or model.
I won’t bore you with the dictionary definition of “leader,” because leaders don’t fall into one single definition or category. Leaders can be making sure you get the help you need with your homework, stopping a fight in the cafeteria or choosing what book to analyze in a book club. Leadership can come in many forms. Captain of the football team, student body president, or even being the lead singer in a garage band – these are all opportunities where the delicate buds of leadership begin to blossom.
That is why as a young professional, I want to pass on some three simple tips that a girl can use right now to become a better leader:
- Mindfulness: Leaders are mindful of how they act, talk and dress. This means leaders are always aware of their surroundings and how their actions affect who is watching.
- Communication: The ability to speak in public is an important part of being a leader, as well as speaking for those who might not have found their own voice yet. More importantly, however, they hone the skill to listen first and then speak. Active listening is a crucial ability that good leaders use in all communication.
- Management: Time-management is key. Great leaders meet deadlines and help set and achieve goals. They also know how to delegate and make tough decisions.
These skills, while simple-sounding in nature, are the backbone of every persuasive and effective leader. When implemented correctly, all of these skills create a ripple effect on those following their young leaders – they start to maybe plan their outfits ahead of time, talk to a counselor when they are having an issue with a classmate or dole out responsibilities when engaging in a group project. These small, but powerful, facets of being a better leader make those who follow see opportunities to become pioneers of their own path to success.
We hope that by sowing the seeds of a successful female youth leader today that we turn a powerful, influential woman leader into simply a powerful, influential leader.
Megan Moede currently works as a web content writer, marketing guru and customer service representative at Lone Star Percussion in Dallas, TX. She loves to cook, read and play with her two dogs. She also loves volunteering at local animal shelters and Girls Inc.!