Empowerment Reflection Paper

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Women across the globe have been taking the world by storm through leadership and empowerment. Leadership and empowerment go hand in hand- without empowerment, one cannot lead, and without leadership, one cannot empower. Throughout this class we have explored ways in which women can become better leaders and can empower others to follow suit. Due to reading “Presence” by Amy Cuddy and “Vital Voices” by Alyse Nelson, I have developed my own definitions of leadership and empowerment, and have used those definitions to help me determine and enhance my personal strengths. Leadership means having a strong sense of self and being able to utilize one’s set of skills to motivate others or to work towards a goal. An effective leader must be confident…show more content…
Personally, I think that female empowerment means to motivate and encourage women to be who they are and to make the changes that they want to see in the world. We read in “Presence” by Amy Cuddy that in order to make change, women need to find their “best authentic selves.” This means being comfortable with who one is and being confident in one’s ability to make change. In the book “Vital Voices”, we read many examples of how women across the globe stepped up to make advances in the feminist movement. Each one of those women knew who they were and where they wanted to go. Many were raw with their emotions and experiences and used that to connect with their audience or inspire others to join a cause. This demonstrates that in order to empower others, an effective leader needs to capture the idea of authenticity. One can share their experience about having a personal drive to do something or share how they fearlessly utilized their skills to create a change, but most importantly, an effective leader can empower others by being the one that believes in someone else’s…show more content…
Strengths and passions play an important role in empowerment because once one pinpoints their talents, they can build on them and become more comfortable performing them. With comfort in one’s abilities comes comfort in one’s identity. This allows people to feel confident in taking on and leading certain tasks because even if one is nervous, they still have that satisfaction of knowing that they understand what they 're doing. For example, I am confident in my abilities to organize and to achieve a goal, and I am passionate about serving others. When I became vice president of National Honor Society, because of these three things, I knew that I could put together events for local charities without failing to forget important details. Confidence and security in my abilities empowered me to take on an important role and come into it with a positive attitude. With this mindset, I know that I can tackle my future with relative
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