Girls’ Leadership Development: Lessons from the Field
CARE defines a girl leader as an active learner who believes that she can make a difference in her world, and acts alone and with others to bring about positive change. This is not about top-down leadership in the traditional sense, but rather a girl’s ability to take action and exert a positive influence in her family and community. CARE has identified five key leadership characteristics which our leadership programs seek to develop:
- Voice/Assertion: Able to articulate thoughts and make decisions, be critical, ask questions and be assertive. Having a voice and knowing she has the right to an opinion.
- Decision-making/Action: A sense that her decisions matter in her own life, that she can create opportunities for herself.
- Self-confidence: A belief in her value as a person.
- Organization: Able to organize herself to achieve her goals; able to take something from an idea to a final product.
- Vision /Ability to Motivate Others: Able to bring people together to accomplish something and to play an active role in the community