Some leaders are leaders from the day they begin to walk. Others begin early in a conscious study of leadership and then start to "climb the ladder." There are many paths. Mine was a simple one that began with a promise, "On my honor, I will try ...," made with girls then ten years old. My experience as a Girl Scout troop leader was a remarkable gift. I took the job for six weeks and ended up staying for eight years.

At first, I must admit, I thought being a Girl Scout leader was not for me, but a Girl Scout neighborhood chairman decided I was a likely prospect. She tried to recruit me several times. Each time she came to see me, I had a good excuse not to join. I did not want to take a troop—I was the mother ...

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