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Leaders Behind Leaders

  1. 1. THE LEADERSBehind the Leaders 1
  2. 2. Leadership is knowing what you believe and putting it into action. —Meaghan, 14, Girl Scout Cadette2
  3. 3. The Girl Scout Leadership ModelVisionTo be the premier leadership organization for girlsMissionGirl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character,who make the world a better place.Winning PropositionGirl Scouts is the place for girls who want to change the world.The Girl Scout Leadership Experience Three Keys: Discover, Connect, Take Action Process: Girl Led, Learning by Doing, Cooperative Learning Program Cornerstone: National Leadership Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Benefits to Girls: 15 Leadership OutcomesBrand PositioningKey AudiencesGirls are our customers: • Younger girls focus on leadership skill development • Older girls focus on leadership in actionAdults are our unique delivery system: • They are ‘the leaders behind the leaders.’PromiseGirl Scouting gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspireher to do great things.Leadership DifferentiationIn Girl Scouting: • Leadership is not only about acquiring skills; it is about how girls use those skills to make the world a better place. • Leadership is not an activity; it is a critical component of everything girls do. • Our leadership experience is not a one-off event; it is a holistic, cumulative program that serves girls from kindergarten to college… and for the rest of their lives. • The Girl Scout Leadership Experience taps into the power of girls— sending them out into the world to make it better rather than insulating them from it 3
  4. 4. Our Model: Integrated Leadership Leading Self Intrapersonal Leadership Integrated Leadership Leading Others Leading the Organization Interpersonal Leadership Strategic Leadership Our Cultural Values Girl-Centered Girls are at the center of everything we do. Inclusive We build and maintain an environment in which diversity is represented and valued. Aligned We are interdependent and collaborative across all teams and the Movement. We are empowered. We take risks to fulfill our mission to serve girls. Accountable We hold ourselves and each other responsible for our work and relationships. We are committed to excellence. We are honest, trustworthy, and respectful. Innovative We are creative, innovative, learn continuously, and have fun together. This is who we aspire to be.4
  5. 5. Our Leadership Values and BehaviorsLeading Self: Intrapersonal LeadershipValue BehaviorAccountable Possesses deep sense of self awarenessAccountable Lives by the Girl Scout LawAccountable Approaches the future with optimism and energyInnovative Is a continuous learnerAccountable Stands up for beliefs and valuesInnovative Confidently takes measured risksGirl-Centered Is accountable to self and others; Is committed to cause larger than selfLeading Others: Interpersonal LeadershipValue BehaviorInclusive Fosters teamwork and collaborationInclusive Advances diversity and inclusionInclusive Shows empathy for feelings and idea of othersAccountable Practices constructive conflict resolutionAligned Communicates clear, compelling leadership messagesAligned, Inclusive, Creates a culture which builds community and promotes individualAccountable development and excellenceLeading the Organization: Strategic LeadershipValue BehaviorInnovative Keeps Girl Scouts relevant and adaptive to changeAligned, Drives for focus and assures alignment within the council and acrossAccountable the MovementAccountable Demonstrates accountability for resultsGirl-Centered Stands up for girls and girl issuesAligned, Accountable, Creates a high performance culture of shared values and commonInclusive purpose 5
  6. 6. Our Leadership Model in Action for Adults We role model leadership by applying the three leadership keys we teach girls to ourselves. Specifically: Our self-awareness enables girls to Discover themselves and their values. We demonstrate “leadership of self” by staying true to the values of the Girl Scout Law. Our teamwork inspires girls to Connect with others in an increasingly diverse world. We demonstrate “leadership of others” by advancing healthy relationships, constructive conflict resolution, and diversity and inclusion. Our ability to embrace change empowers girls to Take Action to change the world. We demonstrate “leadership of the organization” by keeping Girl Scouts relevant and by standing up for girls as they pursue their goals. Our Leadership Manifesto We are the leaders behind the leaders. We hold ourselves and each other accountable for living up to the Girl Scout mission, Promise, and Law. We lead with courage, confidence, and character. We make the world a better place. We are sisters to every Girl Scout. We proudly embrace our role as leaders of the Movement, with full knowledge and appreciation of the fact that we are, in essence, the leaders behind the leaders. Through our actions we inspire girls to do great things. We take our role as mentors seriously, knowing that girls look to us and will learn as much—if not more—from how we treat each other than from how we treat them. We practice what we preach: there is no gap between what we say and what we do. As the premier leadership development organization for girls, we embrace our role as champions of the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We understand it, embrace it, and live by it. We guide girls—literally and figuratively—on their leadership journey. We commit ourselves, every day, to being the leaders girls aspire to be and the leaders that girls need us to be. We are the leaders behind the leaders.6
  7. 7. A good leader is someonewho works with othersto make things happen. —Annie, 17, Girl Scout Senior 7
  8. 8. Girl Scouts of the USA420 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10018-2798www.girlscouts.org