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Recognized as one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey (1932–2012) was an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and author. His books have sold more than 25 million copies in thirty-eight languages, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was named the #1 Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University, he became the cofounder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm.

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The Leader in Me

1

Too Good to Be True?


When I first started telling people about this leadership model, there were several naysayers who thought it all a bunch of “fluff.” But now they are believers.

—Leslie Reilly, Seminole County Public Schools, Florida

When the first edition of The Leader in Me was published toward the end of 2008, it began with the story of Drs. Rig and Sejjal Patel. They had just moved their family to Raleigh, North Carolina, and begun the task of looking for a school where their children could learn in a safe and mind-stimulating environment. As they talked to neighbors and colleagues, the name of one school kept popping up: A.B. Combs Elementary.

On paper, A.B. Combs was quite ordinary. It was a public school in a suburban neighborhood. There were nearly nine hundred students, of whom 18 percent spoke English as a second language, 40 percent qualified for free or reduced lunches, and 21 percent were placed in special programs. The building that housed them was fifty years old. Some teachers had been there for years.

But while on paper A.B. Combs appeared nothing too unusual, the stories the Patels kept hearing exceeded their loftiest expectations. They heard about confident and respectful students, an engaged staff, strong test scores, and a “Principal of the Year.” Discipline problems were minimal, and students who had struggled at other schools were progressing well at this one. It all sounded pretty good. In fact, to the Patels, it sounded a bit “too good to be true.”

The Patels decided to see the school firsthand. What they discovered was that just entering the front doors was an engaging experience. There was a feeling not felt in many schools. The walls were cheery and even motivational. Diversity was celebrated. They found that all students and staff learned The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the same leadership principles that top leaders around the world have been trained in for years. They observed that all students were assigned leadership roles, and that many decisions were made by students, not teachers. They saw students setting academic and personal goals and tracking progress in personalized notebooks. All this they found remarkable, enough so that they left the visit sensing that what they had been hearing about A.B. Combs was true after all.

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A.B. Combs Elementary is a public school located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Patels ended up enrolling their children. Those children have now graduated and moved on, having had a memorable experience. Many other parents have since visited A.B. Combs to see for themselves if the school is too good to be true. Most are not only pleased with what they see, they are delighted to discover that more than two thousand schools have now embarked on the same process, spanning over thirty countries.

What About for You?


The reason why the Patels, others, and perhaps even you have questioned the reports about A.B. Combs as being too good to be true is that they are in such stark contrast to what we have become accustomed to hearing in recent years. We are so inundated with stories of bullying, rude manners, low test scores, disrespect, lack of discipline, violence, poor graduation rates, mediocre teachers, and so forth, that many people are fully skeptical that anything so positive can come from schools. Either they find it too hard to believe, or they question its sustainability.

Such skepticism has value. It cautions us against latching on to every flashy fad or flimsy program that comes along, only to see it fade with no lasting impact. Yet while skepticism has its benefits, it is a sour source to draw upon for vision and passion. Skepticism is a critic, not a model. Skepticism does not think out of the box; it shrinks the box. Skepticism designs weak school-improvement strategies and anemic lesson plans. That is why skepticism and its peers—pessimism, cynicism, apathy, and despair—should never be hired to run a school, a classroom, a counseling office, a library, or a playground.

A far better source of inspiration for making decisions and leading in a school is hope. Hope informs us of better ways of doing things. Hope keeps students and staff members progressing. Hope shines light beyond the darkness of school tragedies. Hope sees potential in people—all people.

What the Patels and now many more parents are witnessing at A.B. Combs and these schools is hope. They see hope in the form of teachers engaged in their work. They see hope in the form of students learning skills that will help them throughout life. They see hope in the form of involved and satisfied parents. All this is bringing a new level of hope to the field of education under the banner of The Leader in Me.

As you come to the conclusion of this book, we hope you will have enough insight into The Leader in Me to determine whether or not you feel it is too good to be true.

Matching Today’s Realities


A comment we hear regularly is that what the schools highlighted in this book are doing is “perfectly matched to today’s realities.” Let us explain.

Not that long ago, we lived in the information age. In that age, the individuals with the most “facts” in their heads scored highest on fact-based exams, which got them into the best fact-based universities, which accelerated their climb up the best fact-based career ladders. In those days, about all schools needed to worry about was inserting as many academic facts into students’ brain cells as possible.

Well, that era is over. It has given way to the age of the knowledge worker. What happened is that the same facts that we formerly tried to cram into students’ heads, and were once available only from top experts and top universities, are now accessible to most every nook on the planet. Whether sitting on a plane, waiting for a bus, working at a desk, or living in a thatched hut, people can now access more facts in a matter of seconds from pocket-sized devices than they could from spending an entire month in a university library only a short time ago. As a result, many of the elite jobs that previously required extensive factual knowledge are being handed off to computers or individuals with far fewer credentials. Factual knowledge alone, therefore, is no longer the great differentiator between those who succeed in the new reality and those who do not.

So if factual knowledge is no longer king, what then is the great differentiator between those who succeed in the new reality and those who do not? According to Daniel Pink and others, those who are succeeding are those who possess above-average creativity, strong problem-solving skills, and a knack for foresight. They are the inventors, designers, big-picture thinkers, meaning makers, and pattern recognizers. They are those who know how to analyze, optimize, synthesize, present, and do worthwhile things with facts. That is why they are called knowledge workers.

But there is more.

With the shift to the age of the knowledge worker has come simultaneous shifts in societal norms. Among them is the reality that more and more students are heading home after school to sit behind locked doors and play video games by themselves until mom or dad arrives home at night. Many of the games entail seek-to-destroy activities with no need to communicate or work out amenable solutions with others, and no real consequences. Other students are opting to get together with friends after school digitally rather than meeting face-to-face. One school we work with reports that 90 percent of its students come from...

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TRANSFORMING EDUCATION AROUND THE WORLD! 22. August 2014
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THE LEADER IN ME is a book that can positively impact and transform any school culture! You will love hearing firsthand stories of how Stephen Covey's timeless, universal principles from his best-selling book THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE can be taught to students of all ages (preschool through college) to ensure that each student is empowered to become the leader of his or her own life and learning. Students learn they are in charge of their lives and they are responsible for and accountable for their own actions.

THE LEADER IN ME is not a program; rather, it is a process, or an operating system for how to bring out the best in students, staff, families, and community members to enhance student achievement and personal leadership. Stephen Covey's personal mission statement was to unleash human potential, and when Muriel Summers the principal of A.B. Combs Elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina, decided to unleash this potential in her school community, a revolution was born! Today nearly 2000 schools around the world are following in Principal Summers' footsteps using the 7 Habits (8 really, when schools apply the 8th Habit: FIND YOUR VOICE AND HELP OTHERS FIND THEIRS) to take learning, leadership, 21st Century skills, and personal and school-wide effectiveness to whole new levels!

Arguably, one of the best elements of THE LEADER IN ME movement is the synergizing and networking of schools from around the world. This book shares success stories from schools everywhere who are visiting each other's Leadership Days, partnering with each other, and connecting digitally with each other as they strive to bring out the best in each other.

Any school administrator, teacher, guidance counselor, parent, or community member who picks up and reads this book will positively enhance kids' lives and leave a remarkable legacy of love, learning, and leadership behind! @JoelKatteTLIM
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Disappointing 23. März 2015
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Not bad, but it is more stories than actual ideas of how to teach the 7 habits to students. That's the most disappointing part.
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Amazing 19. Februar 2015
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Read the book if you want a school where the teachers are happy, the students own their own learning, and everyone strives to do the right thing even when no one is watching.
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It is absolutely the best book I have ever bought on education 25. März 2015
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This book and its principles have changed the way I approach teaching. It is absolutely the best book I have ever bought on education.
I want more 7. Juni 2015
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I love the 7 habits, I purchased this book because I want to start using it in my classroom next school year, I wanted a guide to help me. I felt like most of the chapters in this book were sales pitches. It's a good book if you are thinking about trying it. If you know you are trying it the first few chapters are helpful and worth the read.

Over my lifetime this is the 3rd 7 habits books I have read. I am a fan. I teach kindergarten and introduced my students to the program toward the end of school. The students loved it, and so did my principal! I am now planning to go with 7 habits to manage my classroom. I have my Class Dojo has been set up with the 7 habits for the next school year! Now I am in the process of listing the events and expectations in the school day and matching them to the corresponding habit. For example nap time is sharpening the saw.

I bought this book because I wanted a guide to help me get all set up and ready to go. Help me dot my eyes and cross my t`s. While I got useful information from this book, I wanted more!
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