Leader in Me

What is "Leader In Me?"

  • A process that helps develop the essential life skills and characteristics students need in order to thrive in the 21st century.
  • Uses Stephen Covey's, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People model, tailored to children and teachers in an education setting.
  • Currently has been rolled out to more than 3,000 schools worldwide.
  • For more information, please visit the Leader in Me website.

Why "Leader in Me?"

  • Leader in Me encourages personal leadership-being accountable for actions and attitudes
  • Initiative and self-discipline, making healthy choices
  • Ability to work well with others, cross culturally and in teams
  • Effective communication and listening skills
  • Ability to solve complex problems and creative thinking skills
  • Inspires greater self-confidence with a belief that very child can be a "leader of their own life," has unique talents and can make a difference.
  • Teaches skills needed to be successful in the 21st century.

The 7 Habits

Habit 1: Be Proactive

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Habit 1 — Be Proactive

You're in Charge: I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2 — Begin With the End in Mind

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Habit 2 — Begin With the End in Mind

Have a Plan: I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

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Habit 3 — Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play: I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win

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Habit 4 — Think Win-Win

Everyone Can Win: I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

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Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen Before You Talk: I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6 — Synergize

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Habit 6 — Synergize

Together Is Better I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit 7 — Sharpen the Saw

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Habit 7 — Sharpen the Saw

Balance Feels Best: I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

7 Habit Foundations

Throughout the school year students are learning about the 7 Habit Foundations:

  • Building a trustworthy character
  • Focus on self mastery and internal control
  • Language/Phrases
    • "Have you filled a bucket today?"
    • "Choose your own weather?"
  • Keywords
    • Celebration
    • Reflection
    • Self management
    • Confidence
    • Individuality
    • Honesty
    • Respect
    • Accountability
    • Grit
    • Integrity
    • Problem solving
    • Self Care