The Leader in Me

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    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 1Habit #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 2Habit #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 3Habit #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 4Habit #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 5Habit #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 6Habit #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 7Habit #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)
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