The Leader in Me®
Today’s changing world has many challenges. At Masada College we aim to equip our students by providing them with the tools to develop essential life skills and personality traits that will serve as the foundations for success in the 21st century. We believe Stephen Covey’s The Leader in Me® program, which is part of our Leading Learning educational package, strongly supports this aim.
In a whole school approach The Leader in Me® Program integrates leadership principles into our culture and curriculum. There is within each child a leader and we look for opportunities to allow each student to recognise their own greatness, in whatever form that takes.
It is important that students move away from the grandiose/celebrity concepts of leadership to understand and value the daily, local leadership and concept of role modeling.
Through The Leader in Me® each student is introduced to Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and through this they will learn to:
• Take responsibility for their actions (be proactive)
• Set goals (start with the end in mind)
• Prioritise (first things first)
• Resolve conflicts (win-win)
• Build effective interpersonal relationships (seek first to understand and then be understood)
• Communicate effectively with others and work as a team (synergise)
• Have a balanced life style (sharpen the saw)
• Create their own vision for success (mission statements)
Helping students discover their own unique strengths allows teachers to find opportunities for every child to shine—to be a leader. Incorporating the common language of the 7 Habits into all curriculum areas and in the playground deepens students’ understanding and reflects the values which the College and teachers believe to be important.
In a variety of ways, such as discussing which habits an historical figure or a character in a story use, we incorporate the 7 Habits into our curriculum. The habits also provide an excellent tool for resolving social issues and for supporting students in planning and goal setting.
We encourage families to adopt the Habits at home and use the language of the Habits. As in all matters, when the school and home work in partnership it is a recipe for success.
The founding principles for The Leader in Me® are Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which are summarized below.
A look at The Leader in Me website www.TheLeaderinMe.org will provide you with further information on the program.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits are like a compass—they are common sense, yet like all habits it requires practice to become part of our everyday life and thinking.
The 7 Habits help us in the “forest” of life. These habits are not just about school, they are about life.
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. When conflicts arise, I look for a win-win solution.
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 viewpoint (paradigm).
I listen to others without interrupting; I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart. I am confident in voicing my ideas.
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 because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than what any one of us could alone. I look for Third Alternatives.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw® Balance feels best
I eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep (body). I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school (brain). I spend time with family and friends (heart). I take time to find meaningful ways to help people (soul). I balance all four parts of myself.