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Today’s effective leaders stress collaboration, inclusion, and a commitment to improving the world around them. Girls themselves tell us that a leader is defined not only by the qualities and skills she hones but also by how she uses those skills and qualities to make a difference in the world—to achieve transformational change!

For this reason, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)—the framework for defining what girls do in Girl Scouting, how they do it, and who will benefit that was borne out of years of research and development—engages girls in three key activities: discovering who they are and what they value; connecting with others; and taking action to make the world a better place.

Three Keys to Leadership: The Activities Girls Do

In Girl Scouting, girls discover, connect, and take action as they become leaders. The entire Girl Scout program, regardless of the exact topic, is designed to lead to leadership outcomes (or benefits) that stem from these three keys.

Discover Key

Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world. The benefits intended for girls from the discover key include:

Developing a strong sense of self

Developing positive values

Gaining practical life skills and practicing healthy living

Seeking challenges in the world

Developing critical thinking skills

Connect Key

Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally. Benefits for girls include:

Developing healthy relationships

Promoting cooperation and team-building

Resolving conflicts

Advancing diversity in a multicultural world

Feeling connected to their local and global communities

Take Action Key

Girls act to make the world a better place. Benefits intended for girls include:

Identifying community needs

Working as resourceful problem-solvers

Educating and inspiring others to act

Advocating for themselves and others, at home and around the world

Feeling empowered to make a difference

The most powerful component of the take action key is, not only do Girl Scouts themselves benefit as they grow in their leadership skills, but communities, the nation, and the world benefit as well. Taking action translates to making the world a better place.