Leader In Me

Future leaders are taking shape in the classrooms at Dresden Elementary, thanks to a year-long grant from a national foundation to promote the "Leader in Me" program among its students.

The program, developed by organizational consultant Stephen Covey, helps develop the essential life skills and characteristics students need in order to succeed as leaders. 

"A common belief among all staff is that every child embodies greatness, and being able to inspire their potential empowers them to become leaders and will, in turn, make them successful in life," said Principal Jami Wood. "We are beyond excited to embark on this journey!"

The grant from the I Am A Leader Foundation provided five full days of professional development this summer plus student and parent resources, access to website resources, and a coach for the years leading up to earning the Lighthouse status. 

The first phase includes transforming the environment-grounds totally landscaped by an action team of teachers-new artwork in building using the Leader in Me language and vocabulary.

The seven habits are:

  • Habit 1. Be Proactive - You are in Charge
  • Habit 2. Begin with the End in Mind - Have a Plan
  • Habit 3. Put First Things First - Work First, Then Play
  • Habit 4. Think Win-Win - Everyone Can Win
  • Habit 5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood - Listen Before You Talk
  • Habit 6. Synergize - Together is Better
  • Habit 7. Sharpen the Saw - Balance Feels Best

In addition to the 7 Habits, the Leader in Me emphasizes three factors: creating a leadership environment, providing opportunities for shared Leadership for everyone and offering leadership events that nurture and honor the greatness in each individual.

The Leader in Me is a three-year process that ends in Lighthouse status as a Franklin Covey Leader in Me school.

The benefits of the program are:

  • Develops students who have the skills and self-confidence to succeed as leaders in the 21s century
  • Decreases discipline referrals
  • Teaches and develops character and leadership through existing core curriculum
  • Improves academic achievement
  • Raises levels of accountability and engagement among both parents and staff