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Leader In Me

The Leader in Me – How schools and parents around the world are inspiring greatness, one child at a time.

Rio Terrace School is part of the growing worldwide community of leadership schools implementing The Leader in Me.

This leadership model is based on Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The Leader in Me integrates these life principles into a school’s core curriculum and everyday language.   “They become part of the culture, gaining momentum and producing improved results year after year, benefiting both schools and students.”

“The leadership model is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness and good judgment is the basis for creating a successful community of learners.  By developing the WHOLE child – socially, emotionally, academically and ethically – the program fosters a climate of principle-centered and personal leadership.”

The results we hope to achieve with the Leader in Me are similar to the benefits other leadership schools have already experienced:

  • Students develop skills and self-confidence to become leaders in the 21st century.
  • Improved academic achievement.
  • Raised levels of accountability and engagement in staff.
  • Decreased discipline referrals.
  • Greater satisfaction and involvement among parents.

Ask us about Leadership at Rio Terrace

Rio Terrace is excited to be a leadership school.  We are already seeing positive results and have received encouraging feedback from parents and staff.  Ask us about the leadership model – we would love to share our experiences with you!

Rio Terrace is inspiring greatness, one child at a time.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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

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, and look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3:  Put First Things First

I spend my time on things that are most important.  This means I say no to thing 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

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

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

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 any one of us alone.  I am humble.

Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw

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 take time to find meaningful ways to help others.
- Excerpt from The Leader in Me