Forbes magazine defines leadership as “a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.”
Leadership is a very important value of GirlSportWorks. Creating female leaders in a male dominated society is essential in breaking the gender roles that prevent so many women from discovering their full potential. We strive to help shape our girls into courageous, young women who are not afraid to be heard and who refuse to remain silent on issues that directly affect them, their sisters, mothers, aunts and grandmothers.
This new school year, we have launched a leadership initiative aimed at teaching our girls to empower others while working together to achieve a common goal. Leaders do not work alone. Too often the word leadership is synonymized with power and control when in reality, what would a leader be without others? Skillful leaders listen and observe the needs of the group as a whole and seize opportunities that will empower everyone.
Bianca, a fifth grader, has taken over the role as leader at one of our schools and does just this. She was never a shy girl but it wasn’t until recently that we noticed her thriving in a leadership position. She listens well to her classmates, leads without being overbearing and contributes new exercises without prompting from Carly or me. She noticed her classmates breathing heavily after finishing our warm-up one day and the next class she came prepared with simple breathing exercises for everyone. We’re proud to have her as a Chica Dinamica and we love watching her grow into the talented leader she is. We expect great things from her.
Bianca is just one of many of our strong Chicas Dinamicas who kills that volleyball, makes that lay-up, scores that goal. We are a powerful group of women who lead. We are doctors in the making, we are professional swimmers, we are nurses, we are scientists, we are architects. We deserve and fight for the chance to be who we want to be. We stand together and show Cusco one way that leaders are born.