Being Bossy Isn't A Bad Thing


Being Bossy Isn't A Bad Thing


Written by Jo B. Williams

Girl aren't always expected to be leaders. So, when they’re seen giving orders and taking charge they’re usually labeled as “bossy.” The word “bossy” sounds negative so girls tend to change their behavior when they hear it. Well….sorry not sorry, bossy not bossy, I’m a freaking leader. Developing leadership skills is especially important for young women. Here are a few tips for developing some of your own:

Build Self-confidence. Self-confidence is a key part of being a leader. Nobody wants to follow a person who doesn’t believe in themselves. Plus, if you don’t have confidence you won’t be brave enough to take on leadership roles anyway. There are many ways to build self-confidence including making positive statements to yourself (I am strong, I am smart, I can do it), quieting negative self-talk (NEVER talk bad about yourself to yourself or others), and becoming really good at something. Feeling good about yourself and your abilities improves your potential as a leader.

Build Self-esteem. Believe that you are good enough. Know that you are smart enough. Remember that you are just as important as anyone else. Take every opportunity to lift yourself up. You are as good as you believe you are so start believing you’re great!

Use Your Voice. Be Assertive. In order to be an effective leader, you must develop good communication skills and use them to speak up for what you believe in or against what you believe is wrong. Stand up for yourself and others. Be a champion for the little guy. Never be afraid to say something. Having a voice is perhaps one of the most defining traits of a leader.

Be Bold. Be Fearless. True leaders don’t tuck tail and run. They often have to stand in the face of ridicule while continuing to push for what they believe in. Don’t hesitate to voice your opinion. Don’t be afraid to organize a group of people to stand for something. True leadership knows no fear.  

Just Do It. Run for that student council position. Take on a leadership role in your favorite club. Take the lead on a community service project. Get yourself out there and make something happen. The more you do it, the better you’ll get.

Leadership is at the core of Girl Power and we need more female leaders in our world. Start preparing yourself to take on leadership roles. And the next time somebody calls you bossy, consider it a compliment.

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