The Ban on Bossy
“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”
When I was in high school instead of going to camp during the summer, I went to a week long conference called “Student Leadership University,” or “SLU.”
I did this for two summers. The reason why I went is because I had a desire to be a leader and I wanted to learn how to rise above mediocrity and learn disciplines that would help me all throughout life.
To this day, the things I learned in those two summers impact me.
We learned things like: organization, integrity, ambition, responsibility, giving your all, developing a vision for your life, preparing for the future, learning how to deal with difficult people, and learning a responsibility to shape society.
One of my favorite quotes is from the founder of SLU, Dr. Jay Strack:
“Ten years from now, you’ll be the same person you are today, except the places you go, the people you meet, the books you read, and the things you memorize.”
My parents also played a big part in helping me learn to become a leader. They taught me through example, discipline, and by talking with me about personal responsibility.
Recently I was really perplexed because Sheryl Sandburg the CEO of Facebook came up with this new campaign called “Ban Bossy.” The whole premise is that she wants to stop people using the word “Bossy” to describe girls because she feels it hinders them from becoming a leader.
I was able to write my thoughts about it on the Moms Morning Coffee Blog.
Click HERE to read it.