The Leader in Me is a curriculum developed by Franklin Covey that empowers
everyone to be a leader! This series teaches how each child has unique strengths to
make a contribution in and out of school. The contribution of their strengths allows
them to encourage others to use their strengths. The development of their
strengths occur through the 7 Habits, which are life skills that can be used in
sports, with friends, among siblings, in groups, in school, and with parents and
other adults! The Leader in Me will leave a legacy that will help the child today,
tomorrow and in their future.
Now that you have a little background, below are explanations of each Habit and some of the practical
ways the life skills will appear in school, home and many of the above suggested arenas. As a parent,
your awareness of the 7 Habits will help to reinforce the life skills being taught and empower and
support you as a parent!
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and
moods. I do not blame other for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without
being asked, even when no one is looking.
Doing chores around the house without my parent asking me.
Finishing work assignments without my teacher reminding me.
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/home and contribute to my
school/home’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good person.
I choose to complete my homework before watching television.
I choose not to cheat, because I thought of the consequences of my actions.
Put First Things First
I spend my time on things that 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.
I choose to spend quality time with family by cooking and eating together.
Thinking of my work that needs to be completed, I chose to get the most important work
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what
others want. When conflicts arise, I look for a win-win solution.
I choose to share my meal or candy with my sibling, rather than being selfish.
I learn to play a different game with other friends when others don’t allow you to play
Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
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.
I listen to your parents and siblings viewpoint rather than trying to get my way.
I listen to my teacher’s point of view when a problem occurs with another classmate.
I value other people’s strength and learn from them. I get along well with
others, even people who are different than me. I seek out other
people’s ideas because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better
solutions than any one of us could alone. I look for the Third Alternative.
I choose to initiate having family meetings to make decisions.
I will open to learning a different way to study for science test
Sharpen the Saw
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep.
I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I spend time
with family and friends. I take time to find meaningful ways to help people.
I balance all four parts of myself.
I go outside and play, ride my bike, with my friends and siblings.
If you are interested in going the extra mile, these additional
resources can support your family in this journey:
Leader In Me Parenting Guide – $4.95 online
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Tree Poster