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Unlock the Past to Take the Leadership Leap

Learning Objectives

After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:

  • Explore how past experiences can inform the future.
  • Unleash your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

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What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

Who among us hasn’t said at one time or another, “If I could just do it all over again, I’d do things differently”?

Or, “If I knew then what I know now . . . ”

We can all benefit from a little “advance hindsight” in the form of advice from our more mature selves. And it all goes back to learning from past mistakes.

As we learn, adapt, and grow throughout our lives, we gain insight from both our successes and our failures. And although we are often taught to avoid failure by staying away from risks and sticking to our comfort zone, mistakes teach us so much: how to better accept ourselves and others, what works for us and what doesn’t, how to accept responsibility for our actions, and how to inspire others. 

Let’s find some inspiration from those who’ve come before us. Check out this video to hear from business leaders as they tap into their life experiences (both good and bad) to give advice to younger versions of themselves.

Think and Reflect

Now it’s your turn. Ask yourself:

  • What would I tell my younger self?
  • Why?

What Type of Leader Is a G.I.R.L.?

When she's a Girl Scout, she’s also a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

That’s our quick way of describing the traits that Girl Scouts share with strong, empathetic leaders. What does it mean to be a G.I.R.L.? It means someone is a:

  • Go-getter: They’re bold, honest, and determined to succeed. In their mind, failure is no reason not to get back up and try again and again and again. That explains why half of all US businesswomen were Girl Scouts.
  • Innovator: Thinking outside the box is their specialty, so they’re always looking for a creative way to take action. A clear correlation: 73 percent of current female senators were Girl Scouts.
  • Risk-taker: Courageous and strong, they’re keen to try new things and embrace the unfamiliar. It's no wonder that many of the women who have flown in space were Girl Scouts.
  • Leader: They’re confident, responsible, and committed to changing the world. Here's proof: Every year, Girl Scouts collectively spend tens of millions of hours improving their communities.

These traits define girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. It’s the Girl Scout DNA, and it can be part of you too, no matter your age, gender, or background. 

So are you a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, or leader? Let’s find out.

Take the G.I.R.L. Quiz

Take this super-fun, quick quiz to see which kind of G.I.R.L. you are.

Putting It All Together

Congratulations—you’re one step closer to taking the lead like a Girl Scout! You’ve learned about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, examined the challenges youth face today, explored the power of mentorship, and reflected on the past to inform your future leadership leap. 

Chances are you’re ready to take the lead like a Girl Scout. Way to go!

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