Mountain Shadows is a Leader in Me School. According to Steven Covey, The Leader in Me is a whole school transformation process. 21st Century leadership and life skills are taught to students by creating a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are key components of the overall The Leader in Me process. The 7 Habits is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids are:
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 (New) Find your voice and help others find theirs.
Find your Gift! Voice is Covey's word for "unique personal significance." Those who inspire others to find theirs are the leaders needed now and for the future., (Steven Covey)