LEADERSHIP SKILLS VITAL FOR YOUNG WOMEN AND GIRLS

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Posted October 1, 2019 from Uganda

Dear blossoming flower;

A major concern for young women and girls leaders is access to leadership skills for those aspiring to go into influential roles and positions. They have a clear sense and understanding of what desired qualities are required for them to enter the leadership positions and compete with the men. To rise to leadership and maintain it there is a broad set of competencies required like communication, information sharing, diverse stakeholder engagement, resource mobilisation and time management.

Have an open mind and a hard back. Know your subject matter well, conduct adequate research, and be hardworking. Respect comes from knowledge, so become as knowledgeable as you can. Find time, sacrifice time, make your presence felt in what you think say or do and value personal contact, learn from your peers.

Be a good communicator, understand informational tools and technologies; have confidence in yourself; engage in community work and social causes that you care about and love. Develop and reinforce your skills and capacity in diverse areas. Work with communities and equip yourself with resources (human, material, financial) that permit you to accomplish your goals.

Building your leadership skills should be considered vital to allow you to compete with your male counterparts. And once you are elevated into leadership positions the struggles are not over, you must maintain the leadership. Understand that the rules of engagement in the public sector are established, organized and dominated by the men, acting in their own interests and convenience. This creates a fundamental problem for majority women exercising leadership within the framework of patriarchal structures. Many men do not automatically support women’s participation outside the home dominate the majority of governing institutions. So young woman you need strong advocacy skills and confidence especially in public speaking. Know your cause and be consistent in your approach, actions, messages and be accountable to partners with whom you work with. Have a succession plan and coach others, create space for others and remain assertive.

These will be key forces to enable you climb up the ladder of leadership growing a strong girl force that is unscripted and unstoppable.

Cheers;

 

 

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Anita Shrestha
Oct 01
Oct 01

Dear
It is great writing of leadership roles and skills so that keep it writing regularly.

Cheers
Anita

Jacqueline Namutaawe

Thank you Anita

Hello, Jacqueline,

What a wonderful letter of encouragement this is for every blossoming girl. I agree that girls need to have leadership skills.

Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great day!

Jacqueline Namutaawe

Leadership is the ingredient all women and girls should have continually in all aspects. Thank you for your kind words.

That is true. We need more women leaders. :) You're welcome, dear. Have a great day. Hope you keep on writing. You have a gift. Please continue to use it. :)

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hello Dear Jacqueline,

How are you doing, dear? Wow! Has this been your experience?! I thought it was hard being in business in the U.S., but this is something else. I'm sorry you've had to deal with this extra challenges and felt that you needed to be more and do more than perhaps you would naturally be inclined to be just because you thought you needed to be. I do hope the next generation finds it easier and that the work environment because more of an equal playing field, globally, soon.

I hope you're doing well, and having a great week, dear!

XX

Jacqueline Namutaawe

Hey Jill, yes it has been my experience and as I continue to learn more the different leadership roles present new opportunities and learning challenges and experiences all round.

Jill Langhus
Oct 04
Oct 04

Hello dear,

Oh:-( I see. Do you think it needs to be challenging, though, or it just is because of old, accepted norms that are hard to shift?

Hope you have a great weekend!

XX

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Jacqueline,
Thank you so much for your post and your leadership experience. Looking forward to many more of your posts.
Have a great day.

Jacqueline Namutaawe

Thank you Anita

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Your Welcome my dear.