The Eight Habits of Highly Effective People

  • The 8 Habits is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures ( The Leader in Me teaches students leadership and real life skills that will help them find success in all aspects of their life.  Students are taught and supported in using the 8 Habits at home and at school.  Please join us in our journey of learning and practicing the 8 Habits!


    Habit 1: Be Proactive

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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 from 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.


    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.


    Habit 8: Finding Your Voice and Helping Others Find Theirs

    I can use my voice to make myself heard.

    I am a valuable community contributor.

    I can find what I am good at and

    help others find the leader within them.


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