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7 Habits


7 Habits "The Leader in Me" Program

Welcome to the 7 Habits and "The Leader in Me" (TLIM) Program Information Page

The program website is http://www.theleaderinme.org/

What is the history behind TLIM Program at Aspen?

TLIM is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.

This is reality at Leader in Me schools across the country. It started in 1999 when struggling school A.B. Combs Elementary was asked to reinvent itself or be shut down. When principal, Muriel Summers, asked parents and business leaders what they wanted in their schools, she heard the following:

  • Leadership
  • Accountability
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-direction
  • Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Responsibility
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork

This feedback represents what most people believe — that our schools should not merely be focused on improving test scores, but should provide opportunities for students to develop their full potential. As Muriel searched for answers she attended a 7 Habits seminar and noticed how comprehensive the habits were in covering the same needs expressed by her community. She and staff developed a leadership theme and a school mission statement:  To Develop Leaders, One Child at a Time. They taught the 7 Habits not as a curriculum, but in a ubiquitous fashion, integrating them into the curriculum, traditions, systems, and culture of AB Combs.

In 2006 A.B. Combs became the #1 magnet school in the country. The leadership model began to be replicated by other schools with similar results. In 2008, Dr. Stephen R. Covey, published the book—The Leader in Me—which documents the leadership model these schools pioneered and its outcomes for staff, students, parents and community.

Aspen began the book study towards implementation in 2008/09. The next year we started with buddy work and individual class work on the 7 habits or The Leader in Me program.  We have dedicated 7 habit time each Thursday morning.  The first Thursday of the month is individual class work time.  The next two Thursdays are buddy-class lesson time and the last Thursday is an assembly that showcases the habit of the month.

In March 2014, we had our first TLIM Leadership day which was a big success.  We ended the year with Jump-Rope-for-Heart as a Synergy whole school activity!  The same process was used this year in April 2015 when we had our second annual Leadership Day.  The Mayor of Comox was the guest speaker and students and staff presented how 7 Habits has helped them to be successful at Aspen Elementary.

For the 2014 2015 school year, we are moving 7 Habits to Wednesdays.  Starting in September again we will take the whole school through a series of 7 Habit lessons in the first week of school as a kick-off for the year.  That will end on the Friday with our annual Terry-Fox-Run as the first Synergy activity of the year.​


Information for Parents:

Parents are a child's most important teacher.  Content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component of The Leader in Me. The 7 Habits is a combination 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. Here’s how the 7 Habits are taught to students in an age-appropriate format within The Leader in Me process:

Be Proactive classroom poster

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.


Begin with the end in mind classroom poster

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.


Put first things first classroom poster

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.


Think win-win classroom poster

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.


Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood classroom poster

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.


Synergize classroom poster

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.


Sharpen the Saw classroom poster

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.​



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