Guiding has shown me anyone can lead
Emma, Queen's Guide and Assistant Rainbow Leader, explains why believing in yourself is key to leadership
Being a leader is about believing in yourself, and then being willing to learn and take on advice.
Emma learned about leadership - and what she was made of - when she started her Queen's Guide Award
'Guiding has me hooked! I joined Rainbows at five and I’ve never left. My mum’s also involved in the organisation. She’s a great example of leadership, and has inspired me to take on as many awards and do as much within Girlguiding as I possibly can.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of great opportunities in guiding.
The chance to do the Queen’s Guide Award was something I was especially excited about, as it gives you the ability to develop your leadership skills while also giving back to guiding and your community. My attitude when I first started was simply, “I’ll give it
a go.” But in the end, I learned more than I ever expected. I found the Community Action section of the award particularly interesting, as I volunteered to help improve children’s
literacy at a local school and also researched illiteracy’s larger causes and effects. And I felt that the Outdoor Challenge, where I went wild camping, really taught me what I was capable of.
It also showed me that anyone can be a leader.
'It’s just about believing in yourself, and then being willing to learn and take on advice. And that’s what guiding is all about, really: whatever your role, it’s about being the best you can be. Being a Leader has shown me more and more of that every day.