Over the span of 180 days, a student only spends 11% of the time at school (943 hours). The majority of his or her time (47%) is dedicated to family life at home (and other places outside school). You are your son or daughter’s first and most influential teacher. You lay the foundation for the education of their mind, heart, body, and spirit. No matter what is going on in your school, you can help your son or daughter discover the leader within and prepare for a great life of contribution and service. If you have a school that already supports the principles laid out in Leader in Me, your job is simpler, but no less important.
If you want to make minor, incremental changes and improvements, work on practices, behavior, or attitude. But if you want to make significant, quantum improvement, work on paradigms.
–Stephen R. Covey, Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
As you consider the paradigms of the Leader in Me, how might you choose to apply them at home? Becoming self-aware that your paradigms are impacting what we see, what we do, and what we get provides an opportunity for you to improve the home environment. By starting with the 5 Core Paradigms, you can identify the behaviors that will help you reach the goals you set as a family. This is empowering! Below are the 5 Core Paradigms for Families:
Parents and children have opportunities for shared leadership.
Not: Leadership is for the few. Parents are in charge of all the decisions.
We celebrate our differences and focus on each other’s strengths.
Not: A few people in our family are gifted.
Not: To improve my family he/she needs to change. I can’t make a difference.
Not: Parents control and direct a child’s learning.
Not: Help children achieve academically.
Leader in Me is a K–12 whole-school improvement model and process that helps educators and families collaborate together in developing students as life-ready leaders. As administrators and staff work to grow a leadership culture at school, parents/guardians can reinforce what is being taught at home with shared paradigms and principles. The result of a partnership between home and school will be students who are prepared for college, career, and life.
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The Leader in Me Parent’s Guide is based on the timeless principles found in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Leader in Me. This introductory guide shares easy-to-understand ideas and activities, and a reading list to help you teach and model powerful 7 Habits principles to your children and/or teens at home.
Experience a practical and philosophical guide to solving the problems–large and small, mundane and extraordinary―that confront all families and communities. By offering revealing anecdotes about ordinary people as well as helpful suggestions about changing everyday behavior, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families provides a powerful framework and tools that help create an open and inspiring home culture. Learn how to principles of effectiveness as a family, by balancing individual needs and moving from dependence to interdependence.
7 Habits of Successful Families training provides opportunities for parents or guardians to develop a deeper understanding of how to implement the principles and practices of the 7 Habits in a home environment. Parents can either attend a live workshop (delivered by a Leader in Me School) OR become certified to teach other families in the community.
Would you like to enroll your son or daughter in a Leader in Me School? Thousands of schools are located across the globe in more than 50 countries worldwide. Use a Leader in Me School mapping tool to locate a K-12 school near you.