To hear the parents of A. B. Combs Leadership Elementary School in Raleigh talk about the school is to be amazed. In 1999, the school debuted a new leadership program that taught The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to a pilot group of students. The next year they instituted the program school-wide, and by the end of the year the average end of grade scores had gone from 84 to 94. In 2006, the school was awarded the Ronald P. Simpson Award by the Magnet Schools of America organization, recognizing it as the top magnet school in the United States. But more importantly, the parents of A. B. Combs report unanimously an incredible change in their children. Students are taught to identify their talents and find ways to use them in their daily routines. The book is full of examples of how the students blossom under the program—the classroom that decided to form a support group for one of their classmates who had behavioral problems, the fourth grader who found a way to overcome his fear of public speaking and wound up taking his class to see him compete in a national story telling competitive, or the seven-year-old who told her father than they needed to go outside and play because they both needed to sharpen the saw. These students learn the language of leadership and find daily opportunities to exercise the skills, proving that it is never too early to teach someone how to live well.
In today’s world, we are inundated with information about who to be, what to do, and how to live. We are overwhelmed by stimuli, and often do not have the necessary filters to keep out the negative. But what if there was a way to learn not just what to think about, but how to think? A program that taught how to manage priorities, focus on goals, and be a positive influence on the world around them? What if that program was easy enough to be used by any age group?
The Leader in Me is that program. This book will launch the message onto a much larger platform, Stephen R. Covey takes the 7 Habits that have already changed the lives of millions of readers and shows how even children can use them as they develop. Those habits—be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek to understand and then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw are critical skills to learn. Perfect for individuals and corporations alike, this book will help readers of any age become more motivated, more inspired, and a better leader. Download and start listening now!