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How to Build a Strong Leader?:The Value of Leadership Skills

             There is a growing respect for leadership wisdom and experience in the world, especially in the corporate world. While management techniques, systems, and programs were respected a few years ago, a premium is now placed on leadership obtaining excellence from people. For years, management placed insufficient attention on developing employees and inspiring them to be fully productive. Leadership is not rank, privilege, titles, or money. It is all about responsibility.
             A well-known leader in the Girl Scout world is Juliette Gordon Low. She was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. She was born as Juliette Magil Kinzie Gordon on October 31, 1860, in Savannah Georgia. "Daisy," as family and friends affectionately called her was the second of six children of William Washington Gordon and Eleanor Kinzie Gordon. Family members on her father's side were early settlers in Georgia and her mother's family played an important role in the founding of Chicago, Illinois.
             Young Juliette developed what was to become a lifetime interest in the arts. She wrote poems; sketched; wrote and acted in plays; and later became a skilled painter and sculptor. She had many pets throughout her life and was particularly fond of exotic birds, Georgia mockingbirds, and dogs. Juliette was also known for her great sense of humor. In her teens, she attended boarding school in Virginia and later a French School in New York City.
             Juliette spent several years searching for something useful to do with her life. Her search ended in 1911 when she met Sir Robert Baden Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides (Pradick). Less than a year later, she returned to the United States and made her historic telephone call to a friend (a distant cousin), saying: " I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we"re going to start it tonight"(Moingona Girl Scout Council). On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides (Moingona Girl Scout Council).

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