Today, Jennifer‘s daugther’s Elise and Avery (6.5) join her on the show to talk about Leadership. Their school, like many others, has implemented the curriculum from Steven Covey, “The Leader in Me: 7 Habits for Happy Kids”. Sort of a spin-off of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, this curriculum begins at a very early age in teaching kids qualities of leaders that we can each develop.
1. Be Proactive. “I have a ‘Can do’ attitude. I choose my actions, attitudes and moods. I don’t blame others. I do the right thing without being asked, even when nobody is looking.”
2. Begin with the End in Mind. “I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my world.”
3. Put First Things First. “I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow a plan.”
4. Think Win-Win. “I want everyone to be a success. I don’t have to put others down to get what I want. It makes me happy to see other people happy. I like to do nice things for others. When a problem comes up, I help think of a way to solve it where we can all win!”
5. Seek First to Understnad, then Be Understood. “I listen to others’ ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas.”
6. Synergize. “I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I seek out ideas to solve problems. I know that ‘two heads are better than one’. I am a better person when I let other people help me.”
7. Sharpen the Saw. “I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend tiem with family and friends. I learn in lots of different places and different ways.”
It was fun to talk with the girls about their experiences and how they relate to these habits… those they remembered and those they needed help remembering 😉
This could be a fun one to listen to with your kids, or to start a conversation with them after listening. We would love to hear their feedback. We have so much we can learn from the little ones in our lives, and growth as a family is one thing that makes “delighting in being family” a little easier, and a lot more enjoyable!
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