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Authentic Leadership Community

The Authentic Leadership Community (ALC), previously known as the Community of Practice, is a group of GSACPC volunteers and staff that has existed in various forms for the past decade. The focus over the past two years has been to build a strong core of staff and volunteers to deliver retreats and workshops introducing the Leadership from the Inside Out practices. ALC has served volunteers through our Hit the Pause Button Retreats, offering assistance to Service Teams, and Authentic Leadership sessions at Lead the Way.

Leadership from the Inside Out has been a practice of the GSACPC since 2006. Circle, Reflection, Ceremony and Intergenerational community reflect the spirit and traditions of Girl Scouting and nurture the unique heart and spirit of each member. The Leadership from the Inside Out program started with adults, transitioned to include girls, and is reflected in practices in many areas of the Council. A new generation is eager to be introduced to the powerful practices.

Our Goal

Authentic Leadership Community – Community of Practice as vehicle to inspire use and adoption of leadership from the inside out methods throughout the Council: Circle, Reflection, Ceremony, Multi-Generational, Inclusion


We are wholeheartedly committed to:

  • Continue to build and strengthen the core group. The core group lives the essence.
  • Designing, developing and branding curriculum using unique resources from everyone.
  • Providing and supporting a safe and sacred space for participants to grow and change on their own journey. 

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Authentic Leadership Practices

When people meet in circle, the conditions are set for collaboration, understanding and equality, where members can mutually learn, lead, listen and affirm. Circles have been used in ancient cultures, through today and have been a part of Girl Scouting since its inception in 1912. Circles represent wholeness and inclusion and are often the setting for ceremony and recognition. 


Reflection is an excellent skill for self-discovery because it helps us expand our awareness. Becoming aware of what is going on “in here” (inside ourselves), helps inform us of how we show up “out there” (in the world). When we reflect, we see that our actions are driven by thinking and feelings that we may not be aware of. Reflection provides a means to shape our behavior before and during situations that is more conscious and aligned with our values. When learning or experiencing new things, reflection helps us internalize and give deeper meaning to that which we have been exposed. 


Ceremony is used in all cultures and is one of the ways in which people create meaning, love, and well-being. Ceremonies are commonly used to mark special occasions, to recognize accomplishments, and to mark rites of passage. Ceremonies can also be used for other purposes, such as providing a means to express feelings, appreciate friendship, demonstrate patriotism, create a sense of service, pass on tradition, and reinforce values


The term, co-generational was coined by a young Girl Scout who sought to describe the potential for interaction between girls and adults of all ages. Co-generational implies the kind of community cooperation and co-creation that mutually affects and influences each of us. In almost every culture over history, elders have held an honored and special place in society, acting as witness, support, guide, mentor and leader to the young. At its best, co-generational experience is one in which all participants are open and willing to be influenced by different views and perspectives. 

Diverse, Equitable & Inclusive

Actively promote inclusivity, all are welcome. As a community and as individuals, we demonstrate “observational curiosity”. Consciously, noticing, acting and adjusting our behaviors and assumptions. Proactively reaching out, exploring, listening and engaging others to ensure our community is diverse, equitable and inclusive. We proactively include all girls in equitable and inclusive experiences.