Six years ago, our school was awarded a grant to implement the Leader in Me program in our school. Over the past six years, we have seen the positive impact The Leader in Me program is having on our school. The Leader in Me is based on the work of an elementary principal, Muriel Summers, who converted Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” into kid and teen friendly language. Over the course of this school year, we would like to invite you to join us on our journey with The Leader in Me (TLIM). In 2015-2016, our building was recognized as a Lighthouse School - a Leader in Me School that is a light to others. To date, there are 3,196 TLIM schools across the globe and only 336 of them have achieved Lighthouse status; and we are one of them. I, for one, am so excited about what is in store for our school and, most importantly, our students. For more information regarding The Leader in Me, I would like to invite you to visit The Leader in Me website:www.theleaderinme.org. There is a parent section there along with a GREAT parent’s guide. Below you will find a description of the 8 Habits that we, as a faculty, are striving to live by AND teach your kids.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Together Is Better
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than 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 - 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.
Habit 8 — Student Voice – Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs
I understand each person is unique and has their own strengths. I set goals that involve my talents and what I am passionate about. I help others see their potential when they find their voice so they can express their talents as well.