The 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 over 650 schools worldwide.

Why is it good for my children?

  • Teaches skills needed to be successful in a global society like:
    • Personal leadership – being accountable for actions and attitudes
    • Initiative and self-discipline, making healthly 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 every child can be a “leader of their own life”, has unique talents and can make a difference.

What types of results are expected?

  • Increase academic achievement and decline in discipline problems
  • Increased student self confidence, improved social and life skills
  • Increased student, teacher and parent satisfaction with their education

How is the process implemented in schools?

The “Leader in Me” process takes 1-3 years to become fully implemented into the school’s culture.

Year 1 Goals:

  • Create a shared vision of your ideal school and understand the leadership model
  • Train the staff in the 7 Habits to establish a common language and culture
  • Provide Implementation training for the staff to learn how to teach the Habits and create an environment of leadership in their classroom
  • Create Lighthouse leadership teams at each school to ensure successful implementation

Year 2 Goals:

  • Implement Leadership Notebooks to help students set academic and personal behavior goals and to track their learning progress
  • Provide more opportunities for student leadership
  • Implement action plans created by the Lighthouse teams in 6 areas: Role Modeling, Environment, Curriculum, Instruction, Systems and Traditions

Year 3+ Goals:

  • Continuous improvement efforts to ensure the new leadership culture is sustainable long term

Current Status of “The Leader in Me” initiative at George O. Barr?

Rolling out to all staff in the school:

  • In Year 1 with the PK-5 staff will be receiving their 7 Habits training
  • Some teachers have already begun to share The 7 Habits information in their classrooms, however, the “formal” roll-out in the curriculum will take place after Implementation training is completed in the fall of 2012 through 2013.

Additional Information:

Our 7 Habits Parent District Lighthouse Team will be sending out “Parent Tip Sheets” for each Habit. They can also be found on this site under “7 Habits Documents“.

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