This year, Burdell-Hunt Magnet Elementary School is implementing a new program called The Leader in Me. Leader in Me stems from Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” By following the 7 habits, students will learn and grow here at Burdell-Hunt, while exuding leadership behaviors. Leadership is about making the right choices in life and working efficiently with others to create “WIN-WIN” situations for everyone!INTRODUCING HABIT 8FIND YOUR VOICEand Inspire Others to Find Theirs"Being effective as individuals and organizations is no longer merely an option, survival in today's world requires it. But in order to thrive, innovate, excel, and lead in what Covey calls the new Knowledge Worker Age, we must build on and move beyond effectiveness. The call of this new era in human history is for greatness; it's for fulfillment, passionate execution, and significant contribution.Accessing the higher levels of human genius and motivation in today's new reality requires a sea change in thinking: a new mind-set, a new skill-set, a new tool-set, in short, a whole new habit. The crucial challenge of our world today is this: to find our voice and inspire others to find theirs. It is what Covey calls the 8th Habit."
What is Leader in Me?Leader in Me provides a whole school transformational approach providing necessary leadership and lifestyle skills for students. Being a Leader in Me school means that students are being equipped with skills that will prepare them to succeed while currently in school and in the future, making them college or career ready. Through Leader in Me, Burdell-Hunt will create a positive culture that promotes student empowerment and student leadership!
Students at a Leader in Me school are taught the following habits:
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. 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 from 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.
Habit 8 — Find Your Voice
and Inspire Others to Find Theirs
I am a unique person with my own gifts and
talents. I use my talents to fuel my passion and
inspire others to find their own voice. I am on
the path to greatness!