The final problem we need to solve in this workshop is the kids’ fear of taking on leadership roles. Why do we feel fearful when we we think of leadership? "Because, when you ask someone what the word “leadership” evokes - what images, words, symbols, feelings or people spring to mind? Responses are usually things like “vision,” “inspiring,” “greatness,” “Winston Churchill,” “Superman” and “awesome.” The underlying idea is clear: leadership is a major, even heroic challenge, needing exceptional qualities. But do most of us believe we have these qualities? I suspect not." - John Scouller
During a fifth-grade workshop, I discover girls believe there is only one "right" way to be a leader and they don't identify with that "ideal" leader at all.
Girls are afraid to lead because they don't want to be labeled as "bossy." However, when girls and women lead effectively they are not called “bossy” and girls need to know that.
Girls don't want to be leaders for fear of appearing bossy and don't feel they have the skills