Leader In Me – 7 Habits

The Paideia Academies seeks to instill within the hearts of its students, families, and staff the power of living a principle centered life. To teach and reinforce these principles Paideia has adopted the Leader In Me program and principles of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

Over the next three years the academy will seek to become a Leader In Me Lighthouse School.
Leader In Me (website) | Lighthouse School Criteria.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is a widely used and highly successful leadership development program for major corporations, schools, and individuals around the world. Paideia Academy introduces the seven habits at the preschool level and incorporates in all learning and activities throughout the student, staff, and family experience while associated with Paideia. These simple yet powerful habits develop personal and public habits of success in life – college, career, citizenship, and family.

The Seven Habits we will incorporate into the culture of our school community are:

7 Habits Tree Poster

The 7 Habits Tree

The 7 Habits tree poster uses the analogy of a mature tree to illustrate applying the habits to one’s life. Kids’ language is used to help children relate the habits to their reality.

Much like the tree uses photosynthesis for not only it’s own health but that of the planet, the Paideia community uses the 7 Habits for whole-person health of not only the individual but also the entirety of humanity.

We encourage all – families, teachers, leaders, scholars – to study and embrace the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People into their lives.

We promise, if you will embrace these habits you will experience greater peace in your own life and in the life of your family and community.

Dr. Winsor

Habbit 1 - Be Proactive

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.

Put the Habit into Practice:
– Pause and respond based on principles and desired results.
– Use proactive language.
– Focus on your Circle of Influence.
– Become a Transition Person.

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.

Put the Habits into Practice:
– Define outcomes before you act.
– Create and live by a personal mission statement.

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.

Put the Habit into Practice:
– Focus on your highest priorities.
– Eliminate the unimportant.
– Plan every week.
– Stay true in the moment of choice.
– Have the courage to say “no” in favor of a greater “yes”.

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.

Put the Habit into Practice:
– Build your Emotional Bank Account with others.
– Have an Abundance Mentality.
– Balance courage and consideration.
– Consider other people’s wins as well as our own.
– Create Win-Win Agreements.

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.

Put the Habit into Practice:
– Practice Empathic Listening.
– Respectfully seek to be understood.

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.

Put the Habit into Practice:
– Value differences.
– Seek 3rd Alternatives.

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.

Put the Habit into Practice:
– Achieve the Daily Private Victory.
– Plan Self-Renewal activities into your schedule every week that address body, mind, heart and spirit.

Empower the Whole-Child Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit – through education.

Lifelong learning, good citizenship, solid careers, and healthy families…