Experts discuss how to raise our daughters to lead

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HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (Ivanhoe Newswire) - Who will be the next Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, or Oprah Winfrey? How do we raise a generation of girls to be strong leaders in public office, business, or the entertainment industry? Experts say parents should plant the seeds early.

Kimberley Patrick started honing her skills early, growing up with four brothers. "If you wanted something, you kind of had to exert yourself," Patrick told Ivanhoe.

She is a leader in training and education for manufacturing and the trades. Maybe it's non-traditional, but she says leaders come in all shapes, sizes and genders.

"It's a term that's used a lot today, but it's more about bringing out the best in other people," Patrick said. "So it's more about coaching and less about managing."

"Today's problems are more complex than in the past," leadership coach Rhonda Hess told Ivanhoe. "It's a big world, so why not take advantage of building relationships and connections with other people who have different natural traits."

Experts say it's one reason parents should encourage their daughters to spend playground time with boys, not to emulate them but to learn how to get along.

It's also important to expose budding leaders to different cultures. Get them involved. Girl Scout programming is geared toward evolving leaders.

If that's not for them, playing sports helps with team building. Drama and music build confidence and presentation skills.

For Kimberley, her most important leadership task is serving as a role model for her 16-year-old daughter.

"Caring for people and listening to people is the more effective way to get things done and you're not going to become the enemy in the process," Kimberley's daughter, Emily, told Ivanhoe.

Experts also say community service is an excellent way to shape young leaders by strengthening communication skills, group dynamics, and teaching empathy.

Rhonda Hess is from Hummelstown Pennsylvania. Her program is called Fully Fit to Lead.

She believes that having a defined balance between mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual fitness will help you perform better at home, as well as in your daily life. Her role in this process is to act as a coach and teach these ways to better your overall philosophy and attitude about life. Hess coaches both individuals as well as teams, so either way can be approached.

She works with people who have recently been promoted and need guidance, people who need to work better as a team, people starting a new job, people going through a transition in life, people who want a successful life but don't want to lose their soul to their job, and so many other types of people who just need her assistance.

Her goal is to provide mental clarity for the people she works with. Hess also wants her patients to feel less stressed, and to have more energy.

She wants her patients to have a new way of relating to others, and to think about situations differently than they have before. On her website she shows her eNewsletters, which she puts out every so often, and users on the site say how they really enjoy it because it is so positive and uplifting.

On her website she gives her contact information and it is very easy to set up an appointment with Rhonda.

"The purpose of Fully Fit to Lead is to free the leadership spirit within so we can create and sustain productive, humane places for people to live and work. I am a Catalyst: and my role is to liberate the natural talents within each of us. I created Fully Fit to Lead, my integrative leadership program, so you can live more fully in four key areas: mental, spiritual, physical and emotional," Hess said.

Click here for more information on Fully Fit to Lead.

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