What Is Your Leadership Style?

It's a new year and your resolution is to be the best you possible. You have cleaned out your closest, read articles on money-saving tips, and vowed to make time for yourself throughout the year. However, before completing your resolution list, have you considered looking at your leadership style? Does it need tweaking his year? Take this quiz and find out more about how you lead.

  1. When the girls start challenging you or each other, you:
    a) Get angry and frustrated. Why can't things be easier?
    b) Keep your cool. You know the strategies for dealing with different behaviors.
    c) Decide that this too will pass.

  2. The girls want to have a spring fashion show. You:
    a) Make all the arrangements and select the outfits.
    b) Get the girls' input for the show and then help them accomplish it all.
    c) Let the girls plan the event; you do all the work.

  3. A girl with mental retardation will be joining your troop. You:
    a) Tell the girls not to embarrass the girl.
    b) Set up a meeting with the current girls, prepping them on how to welcome girls with various abilities.
    c) Do nothing—setting a welcoming environment is a peer-to-peer issue.

  4. The girls are doing activities from their Journey books. You:
    a) Decide what goals the girls will work toward.
    b) Understand how to help the girls set goals.
    c) Think to yourself, "Goals? What goals"?

  5. Your Brownie Girl Scouts are making a craft project. You ask them to clean up and get ready to close the troop meeting. The girls ignore you. You:
    a) Raise your voice and tell them to clean up—again!
    b) Let the girls know in advance that clean-up time will begin in five minutes.
    c) Allow the girls to work on the project until the end of the meeting—you'll clean up.

  6. The girls want to discuss boys, makeup, family rules, and body changes. You:
    a) Put a stop to it. Girl Scouting is about activities and badge work—"girl talk" is not included.
    b) Arrange for a professional from a community organization to speak with the girls.
    c) Allow the girls to talk among themselves—no need to get involved.

If you picked mostly A's…
You enjoy being a Girl Scout leader/advisor and want all the girls to succeed and have fun. However, taking charge of it all is not always the best way. Setting non-negotiable rules and being the decision-maker will not teach girls how to make independent decisions—the foundation for girls to grow as leaders.

If you picked mostly B's…
You encourage the girls to be involved in the planning process—recognizing that girls need to take responsibility. It is one of the ways in which girls become confident in their own abilities and develop their own leadership skills. Keep it up!—you are keeping a 'by girls for girls' approach.

If you picked Mostly C's
You want the best for the girls—but they need your help to be their best. Girls often take their cues from the leader/advisor. Your active participation supports the girls in developing their own skills—including leadership!