The Leader in Me

The Leader in MeThe Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model and process—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on secular principles and practices of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness. Distinct in several ways, The Leader in Me starts from a powerful premise—every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader—which shapes the views of staff to value and develop the whole child. The process integrates leadership development into existing programs, curricula and traditions and serves as a foundational operating system for the school, improving relationships, transforming culture, and highly motivating staff and students. All stakeholders are impacted by The Leader in Me, starting with the staff of a school, then expanding to students, their families, and the community at large. This Inside-Out Approach is a key ingredient to successfully creating positive change in a school.

The Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders including The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. The process includes student participation in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, Student-Led Conferences, leadership environments, and Leadership Events. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is also a key component of the overall Leader in Me process and is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.

The Leader in Me includes training on establishing a vision for the school, goal setting, data tracking, and personal-accountability systems and is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. The Leader in Me provides a logical, sequential, and balanced process to help schools proactively design a culture that reflects their vision of their ideal school. This shared leadership increases engagement and enables students, staff, and families to be self-confident and self-reliant, work effectively with others, and make meaningful contributions.

seven habitsThe Leader in Me differs from other whole-school transformation processes in that it offers a holistic, schoolwide experience for staff, students, and parents, and creates a common language and culture within the school. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum, but instead are incorporated into coursework, traditions, systems, and culture.

The Leader in Me is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. It provides a logical, sequential and balanced process to help schools proactively design the culture that reflects their vision of the ideal school.

Content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component 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 Leader in Me is also aligned to many national and state academic standards. The process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits of Highly
Effective People
Principles Application Using Age-Appropriate
Language for Students
Habit 1: Be Proactive
  • Initiative
  • Responsibility
  • Choice
  • Accountability
You’re in Charge: “I am a responsible person. I take initiative to make things happen. I choose my own actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame other people for my mistakes. I focus on the things I can influence.
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind
  • Vision
  • Planning
  • Purpose
Have a Plan: “I plan ahead. I know how to set and achieve 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 purpose.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
  • Prioritization
  • Organization
  • Discipline
Work First, Then Play: “I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things that are less important. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.”
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
  • Consideration
  • Courage
  • Mutual benefit
  • Fairness
Everyone Can Win: “I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I build good relationships with others by being kind, saying I’m sorry when needed, and keeping commitments. When conflicts arise, I look for options that work for both sides.”
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  • Respect
  • Mutual understanding
  • Empathy
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
  • Creativity
  • Cooperation
  • Diversity
  • Humility
Together Is Better: “I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
  • Renewal
  • Health and wellness
  • Continuous improvement
  • Balance
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. I am balanced.”

From now, Fikar school has been joining an international program: ‘The Leader in Me. Fikar school is becoming the first school (homeschooling) that applying ‘The 7 Habits’ to its staff, management, students, and parents. Fikar school is pioneer in applying ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ at homeschool… ~ based on the best-selling and monumental book written by Dr. Stephen Covey…

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