The statement, Lead with Respect, Learn for a Lifetime, describes what our school has decided to focus upon in order to develop the whole child. We have embarked on a school-wide journey using The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me practices to help our students become ready to succeed in the 21st Century, with critical skills and characteristics such as a strong work ethic, motivation, problem-solving, goal setting, effective teamwork skills, academic achievement and valuing diversity in our society. By developing the whole child, we will foster a community that promotes learning and respect.
Dollahan is proud and extremely excited to be implementing The Leader in Me philosophy in our school. The Leader in Me is based on the work in Dr. Stephen Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The goal of the Leader in Me is for students to understand that they all have the qualities and strengths to become leaders.
In order to develop leaders one child at a time, we teach The Seven Habits, not as a separate curriculum but by integrating the language of the habits into the curriculum, traditions, and culture at Dollahan. The Leader in Me will be continually integrated in everything that we do here.
The Seven Habits are a simple set of principles. Each one is powerful and worthy of applying to life. We are honored to be a Leader in Me school and we encourage our students throughout the day to use The Seven Habits as they learn and interact with others.
The 7 Habits
Habit 1: Be Proactive
This habit is the ability to control one’s environment, rather than have it control you. It is about self-determination, choice, and the power to decide your response to stimulus, conditions, and circumstances.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
This is the habit of personal leadership-leading oneself towards your goals by developing the habit of focus and concentration on relevant activities. By focusing on your goals, you will avoid distractions and become more productive and successful.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
This is the habit of personal management. This habit is about organizing and implementing activities in line with the goals you have set in Habit 2. Dr. Covey states that Habit 2 is the mental creation and Habit 3 is the physical creation of those goals.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
This is the habit of interpersonal leadership. This habit is necessary because achievements are largely dependent on working together with others. Win-Win is based on the assumption that there is plenty for everyone and success follows a cooperative approach more naturally than a confrontation of win-or-lose.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
This is the habit of communication. It is extremely powerful. When we listen to other people’s ideas and feelings we can better understand others’ perspectives and when we can express our own thoughts and feelings we can connect with others.
Habit 6: Synergize
This is the habit of cooperation. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, meaning that valuing other people’s strengths and by teaming with others, we can create a better solution than any one of us alone.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
This is the habit of self-renewal. It surrounds all the other habits, enabling and encouraging them to grow. Self-renewal encompasses four parts: the spiritual, mental, physical and social/emotional. All areas need feeding and developing.