The Leader in Me - 8 Habits


What are we Doing to Build Leaders in our School?

  1. The main leadership emphasis in our school comes from The Leader in Me, a leadership package that identifies 8 significant leadership principles that provide students a framework to live out lives of servant leadership.

  2. The leadership principles of The Leader in Me are integrated into all subjects.  For example, when one of the principles is demonstrated in a book being read in class, the teacher draws attention to it in a natural way.

  3. Visual reminders of what it means to be a leader at Cooper's Crossing School will be displayed throughout our school - in classrooms and hallways, so that the building itself reinforces our leadership emphasis.

  4. Students will be given multiple opportunities to become involved in the life of the school and exercise their leadership skills.  Opportunities include:

    • student responsibilities

    • student clubs

    • music and drama performances

    • school hosts

    • assembly leadership

    • buddy programs

    • service projects

  5. Special events highlight and teach the 8 leadership principles.

What are the 8 Leadership Principles we Teach?

Habit 1: Be Proactive

I am responsible and take initiative.  I choose my actions, attitudes and moods.  I do not blame others for my own bad choices.  I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

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, and look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

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

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 so that we have our needs met.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.  I try to see things from their viewpoints.  I listen to others without interruption.  I am confident in voicing my ideas.  I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6: Synergize

I value other peoples' 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 peoples' ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than any one of us alone.  I am humble.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw*

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep.  I spend time with my family and friends.  I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school.  I take time to find meaningful ways to help others, and I rest my spirit.

Habit 8: Find your Voice and Inspire Others to find Theirs

I can influence others and make a difference in the world, and I can inspire others to do the same.  I am a difference maker!


*Sharpen the saw is a metaphor.  Imagine a man cutting wood with a dull saw, and not taking the time to sharpen it.  Or imagine someone being so busy driving, she doesn’t take time to stop for gas.  We have to take the time to sharpen our saws, to refuel, so that we can stay on track with our lives.

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