WLDP - 1. Understanding Leadership

WAGGGS Leadership Development Programme modules

The WLDP Leadership Resources are modules available to trainers, which will support Member Organizations in developing leadership development activities, events and workshops for new, existing and potential leaders. These modules include theory, individual and group exercises and guided reflection on the topics. 

Please note: The materials are offered as support materials and not as an alternative to a full WLDP event.

1. Understanding Leadership

Leadership is a journey – a lifelong learning journey. On it you should discover who you are, the world around you and the people you encounter. Another part of this journey is to establish a purpose for your life and leadership. To discover this you have to be open to every opportunity to learn; treat challenges as an opening for learning; and see life as giving you the opportunity to experience, reflect, learn and act.

Leadership is currently one of the most talked about issues in business and organizations. At the heart of these discussions is the attempt to define leadership. Everyone has their own intuitive understanding of what leadership is, based on a mixture of experience, learning and cultural background. In Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, developing leadership has been at the heart of all our activities. For one hundred years Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has practiced leadership based on its core values of openness, voluntary commitment, responsibility, equal opportunities, service mindedness, recognition of a spiritual dimension and global commitment. Our approach to leadership focuses on the method that was introduced by Lord Baden-Powell and has been used for decades.


Topics in this series:

  1. Understanding Leadership
  2. Personal Development
  3. Advocacy
  4. Diversity
  5. Leading Teams
  6. Communication
  7. Management Skills
  8. Setting Direction  


  • Publication date: 1st January 2009
  • Author(s): WAGGGS
  • Length: 131 pages
  • Resource type: Activity packs
  • Resource topic: Leadership development
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