Leader in Me

Leader in Me

English Estates Elementary is proud to be a Leader in Me “Lighthouse” School, where all students LEAD! Leader in Me is a whole-school improvement process based on the idea that everyone can be a leader. This evidence-based approach empowers students with the leadership and life-skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

English Estates’ Leadership Program provides students with the tools for creating a successful community of leaders through character education, cooperative relationships, and shared responsibility. By cultivating leaders and developing the whole child — socially, emotionally, academically and ethically, the program fosters a climate of principle-centered and personal leadership. The Leadership Program at English Estates is based on Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

What to expect from a Leader in Me School? 

  • Increased use of 7 Habits language Leadership opportunities for students and families 
  • School-wide events 
  • Visit the Leader in Me blog for inspiration and resources or learn more at leaderinme.org.

The 7 Habits

Purpose: to help better understand how the 7 Habits work in schools.

Definition Statement: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® is one of the key frameworks of the Leader in Me model.

The 7 Habits help students learn and apply social-emotional skills. Additionally, the 7 Habits give students and staff members a common language and are essential in building a strong leadership culture. 

Habit 1

Habit 1Be 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. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives. 

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 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 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 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.