Encourage Girl Leadership – Ban Bossy

When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.


As part of Ban Bossy, Girl Scouts of the USA and LeanIn.org have teamed up in partnership with Lifetime television to create a PSA that points out that girls are discouraged from taking leadership roles because of labeling and name-calling.

Leadership Tips for Troop Leaders, Parents + Teachers

92 percent of girls believe they can learn the skills required to lead—yet only 21 percent believe they already possess them. Use our learning packets to teach the girls in your life how to embrace their leadership qualities.

Ban Bossy Troop Activity

Explore I-Statements: The Key to Resolving Conflicts with girls in your troop (recommended for ages eight and up). Learn what I-Statements are and how to use them to resolve conflicts; and encourage girls to commit to using I-Statements in their own lives. The packet includes step-by-step instructions, sample talking points, and a troop handout.

Shop Ban Bossy

Visit the online shop for Ban Bossy pins, T-shirts, patches, and more.



Patches are also available at Girl Scouts River Valleys shops.



  1. Monica says

    Is there a different pdf doc for “Leadership Tfips or Parents”? Currently the Troop Leader pdf opens when I select Leadership Tips for Parents.

    • Girl Scouts River Valleys says

      Hi Monica, sorry about that. The link has been updated. You should now be able to download the Parent version.