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“The Leader in Me” – 7 Habits Initiative

Mission Statement:

In partnership with parents and community, the mission of Manatee Charter School is to prepare the next generation of leaders.

What is “The Leader in Me”?

  • A process that helps develop the essential life skills and characteristics students need in order to thrive in the 21st century.
  • Uses Stephen Covey’s, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People model, tailored to children and teachers in an educational setting.
  • Currently has been rolled out to over 500 schools worldwide.

Why is it good for my children?

  • Teaches skills needed to be successful in a global society like:
  • Personal leadership – being accountable for actions and attitudes
  • Initiative and self-discipline, making healthy choices
  • Ability to work well with others, cross culturally and in teams
  • Effective communication and listening skills
  • Ability to solve complex problems and creative thinking skills
  • Inspires greater self-confidence with a belief that every child can be a “leader of their own life”, has unique talents and can make a difference.

What types of results are expected?

  • Increased academic achievement and decline in discipline problems
  • Increased student self-confidence, improved social and life skills
  • Increased student, teacher and parent satisfaction with their education

Current status on “The Leader in Me” initiative at MCS?

  • Rolling out over a 3 year period
  • Initial focus is on grades K-6
  • Teachers being trained in the 7 Habits – “The Leader in Me” methods
  • Parent support group initiated to support the process

How can I support the 7 Habits in the home?

  • Look for “Friday Folder” information containing practical tips on how to role model the 7 Habits and teach them at home.


  • Books:  “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids”, “The Leader in Me”
  • Websites:  theleaderinme.org, seancovey.com, stephencovey.com.

Personal Leadership – Doing the right thing, even when no one is looking!