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The Leader in Me

Why teach students leadership principles?

Students need to be equipped with skills that allow them to become leaders of their own lives.  Meaning they are not only equipped with academic literacy skills, but they can also:  communicate clearly, problem solve, set goals, interact well with individuals and groups, plan their lives for success, etc.  We aren’t trying to create future CEOs, but rather would like to enable each of our students to make the most of their educational experience and to help make their future opportunities limitless.

As part of a Leader in Me School, every class develops a class mission statement and tracks school-wide and class goals with scoreboards.  Students are recognized and participate in Student Leader Chats (discuss ideas about leadership with community leaders), Student Leader Breakfasts (recognized for their leadership and using the habits), Student Lighthouse Team (students attend meetings to discuss school improvement and service), Student Council, Safety Patrol, and all students have a leadership role in the school.

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids:

Habit 1 - Be Proactive (You're in Charge)

I am free to choose and am responsible for my choices.

Habit 2 - Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)

Mental creation precedes physical creation.

Habit 3 - Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)

Focus on important activities, use effective time management, and eliminate low priorities and time wasters.

Habit 4 - Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)

Build effective teams and use effective communication.

Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)

To communicate effectively, we must first understand each other.

Habit 6 - Synergize (Together is Better)

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Apply effective problem solving, value differences, and use creative collaboration.

Habit 7 - Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

To maintain and increase effectiveness, we must renew ourselves in mind, body, soul, and heart.

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From the Leader in Me Newsletter by Sean Covey:

Bullying in schools is a hot topic and almost daily there is a new program to address it. The Leader in Me is the better solution. While The Leader in Me is a school-wide process focused on leadership, it meets and exceeds the current thinking for bully- prevention initiatives.

The culture should be one where everyone is respected and feels valued.
In a Leader in Me school, unique strengths and talents are valued, so picking on someone who is different is no longer “cool.” Confidence and acceptance grows. Communication improves through the common language. Parents see the school as doing something positive. The result is a culture where everyone is a contributor to the well-being of the entire school family.

Social skills such as anticipating consequences of choices, making informed decisions, respecting differences, communicating effectively, and resolving conflicts should be taught.

Bullies tend to not accept responsibility for their actions but instead blame others.

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive teaches initiative, personal responsibility, and controlling emotions.
  • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind teaches visualizing the future, planning, setting goals, doing things that have meaning, and making a difference.
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First teaches prioritizing goals and saying no to things you shouldn’t do because they don’t align with your goals.

Bullies have a need to win or be the best at everything.

  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win teaches that everyone can win; there is enough success for all.
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood teaches the importance of listening to others’ ideas and feelings and understanding and accepting different points of view.
  • Habit 6: Synergize teaches the importance of working together to achieve more and celebrating and learning from others’.

Bullies have a strong need for power and (negative) dominance.

  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw teaches the importance of finding balance which impacts self-confidence.
  • Habit 8: Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs teaches that everyone has the ability to contribute in a positive way.


Home Connection

Habit Helps – ways to reinforce the habits at home and at school.

Habit 1 Be Proactive-  Habit Help 1

Habit 2  Begin With The End In Mind –  Habit Help 2

Habit 3  Put First Things First – Habit Help 3

Habit 4  Think Win-Win – Habit Help 4

Habit 5 Seek First To Understand and Then To Be Understood – Habit Help 5

Habit 6 Synergize – Habit Help 6

Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw – Habit Help 7