We are part of a program that develops leaders, one child at a time called The Leader in Me. It is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher

academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. 

Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy. What would be possible if Crossing Park School was filled with students who were responsible, who showed initiative, who were creative, who knew how to set goals and meet them, who got along with people of various backgrounds and cultures, and who could resolve conflicts and solve problems?

This is reality at Leader in Me schools across the country. When asked parents and business leaders what they wanted in their schools, we heard the following:

  • Leadership
  • Accountability
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-direction
  • Cross-cultural Skills
  • Responsibility
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork

This feedback represents what most people believe — that our schools should not merely be focused on improving test scores, but should provide opportunities for students to develop their full potential. The Leader in Me is a schoolwide leadership development process for both students and staff members, of which The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® by Stephen R. Covey is a foundational piece. It integrates timeless leadership principles into school culture, driving transformational results.

Four reasons why The Leader in Me leadership model works so well when so many other reform
initiatives don't:

  • It embodies a different paradigm
  • It works from the inside out
  • It uses a common language – The 7 Habits
  • The implementation is ubiquitous

Different Paradigm

Instead of seeing children through the lens of a normal bell curve – some kids are smart and some less smart – The Leader in Me paradigm sees that every child is capable, every child is a leader. This paradigm changes everything.

From the Inside Out

Leader in Me schools must first get their own teachers on the same page and improve the climate among their staff before they can make it come alive with the students. They can't expect changes in their students until they have changed themselves. As the great educator Roland S. Barth puts it, "The nature of the relationships among the adults who inhabit a school has more to do with its quality and character, and with the accomplishments of its pupils, than any other factor." This model is just as much about the adults as it is the children. It's inside out – first
teachers, then students, and then parents.

A Common Language – The 7 Habits

When everyone – teachers, students, and parents – begin using the same language, you get a compound interest effect that is truly amazing. The 7 Habits create that common language. For example, what a difference it makes when everyone knows what it means to "put first things first" or to "seek first to understand" or to "be proactive." Leader in Me schools often find their students using the language among themselves and with their parents: "I need to put first things first and do my homework before I play"; "I should have thought win-win"; or "Dad, you're being reactive."

Implementation is Ubiquitous

The Leader in Me is not an event and it's not a curriculum, it's ubiquitous leadership development – meaning everywhere and all the time. Instead of "teaching leadership every Tuesday at 1 p.m.," educators use an integrated approach and make leadership training part of everything they do. So the model impacts everything – the traditions, events, organization, culture, instructional methodologies, and curriculum of the school. But as teachers will tell you,
"It's not doing one more thing; it's doing what you're already doing in a better way."

What are the Results?

The Leader in Me process is now being implemented at Crossing Park School. We are reporting:

  • Increases in students’ self-confidence, teamwork, initiative, creativity, leadership, problem-solving, communication, diversity awareness and academic performance
  • Improved school culture 
  • Dramatic decreases in disciplinary issues
  • Increased teacher pride and engagement
  • Greater parent satisfaction and involvement

 The 7 Habits

Habit 1: Be Proactive You’re in Charge
Habit 2; Begin With the End in Mind Have a Plan
Habit 3: Put First Things First Work First, Then Play
Habit 4: Think Win Win Everyone Can Win
Habit 5; Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood Listen Before You Talk
Habit 6: Synergize Together is Better
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw Balance Feels Best

Leader In Me

We are part of a program that develops leaders, one child at a time called The Leader in Me. It is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher

academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. 

Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy. What would be possible if Crossing Park School was filled with students who were responsible, who showed initiative, who were creative, who knew how to set goals and meet them, who got along with people of various backgrounds and cultures, and who could resolve conflicts and solve problems?

This is reality at Leader in Me schools across the country. When asked parents and business leaders what they wanted in their schools, we heard the following:

  • Leadership
  • Accountability
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-direction
  • Cross-cultural Skills
  • Responsibility
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork

This feedback represents what most people believe — that our schools should not merely be focused on improving test scores, but should provide opportunities for students to develop their full potential. The Leader in Me is a schoolwide leadership development process for both students and staff members, of which The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® by Stephen R. Covey is a foundational piece. It integrates timeless leadership principles into school culture, driving transformational results.

Four reasons why The Leader in Me leadership model works so well when so many other reform
initiatives don't:

  • It embodies a different paradigm
  • It works from the inside out
  • It uses a common language – The 7 Habits
  • The implementation is ubiquitous

Different Paradigm

Instead of seeing children through the lens of a normal bell curve – some kids are smart and some less smart – The Leader in Me paradigm sees that every child is capable, every child is a leader. This paradigm changes everything.

From the Inside Out

Leader in Me schools must first get their own teachers on the same page and improve the climate among their staff before they can make it come alive with the students. They can't expect changes in their students until they have changed themselves. As the great educator Roland S. Barth puts it, "The nature of the relationships among the adults who inhabit a school has more to do with its quality and character, and with the accomplishments of its pupils, than any other factor." This model is just as much about the adults as it is the children. It's inside out – first
teachers, then students, and then parents.

A Common Language – The 7 Habits

When everyone – teachers, students, and parents – begin using the same language, you get a compound interest effect that is truly amazing. The 7 Habits create that common language. For example, what a difference it makes when everyone knows what it means to "put first things first" or to "seek first to understand" or to "be proactive." Leader in Me schools often find their students using the language among themselves and with their parents: "I need to put first things first and do my homework before I play"; "I should have thought win-win"; or "Dad, you're being reactive."

Implementation is Ubiquitous

The Leader in Me is not an event and it's not a curriculum, it's ubiquitous leadership development – meaning everywhere and all the time. Instead of "teaching leadership every Tuesday at 1 p.m.," educators use an integrated approach and make leadership training part of everything they do. So the model impacts everything – the traditions, events, organization, culture, instructional methodologies, and curriculum of the school. But as teachers will tell you,
"It's not doing one more thing; it's doing what you're already doing in a better way."

What are the Results?

The Leader in Me process is now being implemented at Crossing Park School. We are reporting:

  • Increases in students’ self-confidence, teamwork, initiative, creativity, leadership, problem-solving, communication, diversity awareness and academic performance
  • Improved school culture 
  • Dramatic decreases in disciplinary issues
  • Increased teacher pride and engagement
  • Greater parent satisfaction and involvement

 The 7 Habits

Habit 1: Be Proactive You’re in Charge
Habit 2; Begin With the End in Mind Have a Plan
Habit 3: Put First Things First Work First, Then Play
Habit 4: Think Win Win Everyone Can Win
Habit 5; Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood Listen Before You Talk
Habit 6: Synergize Together is Better
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw Balance Feels Best

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