The Leader in Me is adapted from Stephen Covey’s, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, written in 1989 and having sold over 25 million copies since then.

Since 2012, The Lower School has been implementing the
principles of the 7 Habits from the Leader In Me as guiding beliefs in helping our students develop a moral code. They are intertwined throughout the curriculum. You see them “spelled out” in classrooms and classroom mission statements. 

The Leader in Me (LIM) received endorsement from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning  (CASEL). This is a renowned authority on the promotion and practice of social and emotional skills. In particular, their work promotes the integration of academic with social and emotional learning for students from Pre-K through Grade 12. 

List of 7 items.

  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • 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.
Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our children to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day.
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