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Leadership is not about becoming rich or famous; the goal of leadership is to not only be the best “you” that you can be, but to help others be the best they can be as well. Leaders bring out the best of those around them, get along with and build up others, make good choices and take personal responsibility for their actions.


7 habits tree explaining the 7 habits


GME Leaders and Learners Day 2017


Glenn Marshall recognizes the need for good, strong leaders. Beginning this year, we will implement a new program called “The Leader in Me”. This program, based on Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, was adapted for elementary schools in 1999 in Raleigh, N.C. This program doesn’t add on any additional assignments onto the student’s workload; rather, this approach empowers students to be leaders using opportunities already in the curriculum to promote principles we all should build our lives around. We are very excited about empowering our students with these qualities and watching their personal growth throughout this school year.


September 5th, 2017

This week your child will be working on Being Proactive – this means to take responsibility for your choices and behaviors. Habit 1 is the key to all of the other habits; that’s why it comes first. Be Proactive says, “I am in charge of my own life. I am responsible for whether I am happy or sad. I can choose how I react to other people or situations. I am in the driver’s seat.” Young children can easily learn to understand that different choices yield different results. The goal is to teach them to think about those results before they decide what to do. Discussions can focus on taking care of themselves, taking care of their things, reacting or not reacting to others’ behavior, planning ahead, and thinking about what the right thing to do is. With your child, think of ways to Be Proactive at home. By being proactive your child will start to develop motivation, take pride in work, act responsibly towards others, show initiative, and start taking responsibility for their actions. 

Movement: thumbs pointing to self 3 times while saying, “Be Proactive!”


September 19th, 2017

This week your child will be working on Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind means to think about how you would like something to turn out before you get started. Reading a recipe before cooking or looking at a map before leaving on a trip is beginning with the end in mind. For young children, a good example is that of a jigsaw puzzle. Before doing a puzzle, they look at the cover of the box. They start with the end in mind.

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.

Movement: “Begin (bend knees and point to your feet) with the End (both hands point to the sky) in Mind (point to your head).


October 10th, 2017

This week your child will be learning about and working on Habit 3: Put First Things First. Put First Things First  means to decide what is most important and to take care of that first. Thinking about what needs to be done tomorrow or by the end of the week can be overwhelming, especially for children. Learning to think of which things are the most important and taking care of them first allows children (and adults) to be less stressed.

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.

Movement: Hold up pointer finger each time you say the word "first."


October 23rd, 2017

This week your child will be working on Habit 4: Think Win-Win. Think Win-Win is the belief that everyone can win. It’s not me or you—it is both of us. It is a belief that there are enough good things for everyone; it is an abundant way of thinking. Think Win-Win is being happy for others when good things happen to them. As a parent, not everything is negotiable, but if you go into discussions with your child with a win-win mindset, you’ll find a lot less resistance.

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. When conflicts arise, I look for a win-win solution.

Movement: “Think (point to head with both hands) Win (arms extended out over head-fist into the sky) Win (arms extended out over head-fist into the sky).


November 7th, 2017

This week your child will be working on Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then be Understood. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood means that it is better to listen first and talk second. By taking the time to listen to another person, you reach a higher level of communication. Teaching Habit 5 to young children is done by first considering their age and development. Young children find it difficult to understand another’s paradigm (point of view). This habit is best approached by introducing listening as a skill that should be practiced. Learning to listen without interrupting and learning to listen

with your ears, your eyes, and your heart will help children build a foundation for Habit 5. Simply put, we have two ears and one mouth so that we can spend more time listening with the intent to understand.
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoint. I listen to others without interrupting. I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart. I am confident in voicing my ideas.

Movement: Seek Frist to Understand: Cup both hands behind your ears. Then to be Understood: Point to your mouth using just one hand/pointer finger.  


November 20th, 2017

This week your child will be working on Habit 6: Synergize. Synergize is when two or more people work together to create a better solution that either

would have thought of alone. It’s not your way or my way, but a better way. Synergy is taking good ideas and making them better by working together.

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 what any one of use could alone.

Movement: Put both arms up above your head. Shake hands as you bring your arms down. As you lower your arms bring hands closer together. Hands will meet and fold in front of your chest.


December 4th, 2017

This week your child will be working on Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Sharpen the Saw means to have balance in your life. There is a story of a man who was

sawing down a tree and not making a lot of progress. When a passerby asked him why he didn’t stop sawing to sharpen his saw, he remarked that he was too busy sawing. Habit 7 reminds us that we are more productive when we are in balance—body, brain, heart and soul. Just like the four tires on a car, if one area is being ignored or overused, the rest will feel the results. For young children, the car analogy is one they understand; a car could not go on fewer than all four tires. Explain the four parts of each person (body, brain, heart, and soul) and how important it is to take care of each part to make them all work better.

Movement: At chest level slide hands together back and forth.

For more information, please contact the on-line Parent Area of LeaderinMe.org