The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time
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The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time

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The world has entered an era of the most profound and challenging change in human history. Most of our children are not prepared, and we know it.

Parents around the world see the change and know that the traditional three R's -- reading, writing, and arithmetic -- are necessary, but not enough. Their children need to become far more responsible, creative, and tolerant of...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Free Press (first published 2008)
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This book didn't help me as an educator with how-to's for my school. I bought the book hoping it would help me. Its in the education section of the book store.

However, this is written more for a broad audience and tells how Covey's disciplines have worked in schools.

The clincher is the how-to: if you want to help your local school win with his plan, after reading his book, then I am assuming you must attend his seminars in order to work towards these leadership disciplines.

I would've loved a gu...more
Others' critiques of this book are warranted. Like many books in this genre, the guru/writer does a lot of repetition of old news and then tells of a success story where a set of steps 'fixed' a school. If you are willing to get past this, the book does have a great message and I took ideas away that seem pretty simplistic, but that are often overlooked in schools managing a lot of stakeholders, outside mandates, and trying to be all things to all people. The most important lesson being, add-on...more
Had some very good ideas, some of which I will use with my kids and family, but I just lose respect for books that use the terms "paradigm shift" and "synergy."
Nov 15, 2008 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, educators, business leaders, anyone interested in improving society's future
I first have to state that I am not an impartial reviewer of this book. I have been lucky enough to be involved in working on The Leader in Me project for the last year. I think what is documented in this book is so significant that I left a great situation at a growing company to join FranklinCovey and work on this program. This book chronicles how a small but growing number of elementary schools have created a place where literally every child becomes a leader. Not a leader in the sense of a p...more
Everyone who has anything to do with a school, parent, educator, community members, needs to read this book. Listen to what he says very carefully and acknowledge the challenges he points out. On the surface, much of what he describes sounds too good to be true, but as you consider the value of what the 7 habits can bring, you see the value in what he proposes.
If you are not familiar with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it would be wise to read that in conjunction with this book. I hav...more
The Reading Countess
Based on Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People principles: 1. be proactive, 2. begin with the end in mind, 3. put first things first, 4. think win-win, 5. seek first to understand, then be understood, 6. synergize, 7. sharpen the saw: these principles are put into place in schools now globally. Understanding that our children are 21st century learners and must learn tools necessary to be successful in the 21st century, Covey asserts that his principles are a wonderful bridge to kids' f...more
Krystal Grandt
A short summary:

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The last 2 chapters of this book are great and earn the book as a whole a fourth star. I am inspired to read the original 7 Habits book. Covey quotes research by Dufour and Marzano, both have been studied at my school. I read out lots of quotes into my phone notes for this review, too many to list here. This one is perhaps the best, from page 196: "Leadership is communicating people's worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves." Words of wisdom in whatever walk...more
I like the concept of this book. If you give children the opportunity to take initiative, work cooperatively and take leadership roles and if you EXPECT them to do so, they will. Apparently, the leadership model has been implemented in schools world-wide with success. The book is self-serving, of course. The leadership curriculum is based on Covey's previous book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". The Leadership books sells the 7 Habits book. But I do like the ideas he's presenting.
I liked this book a lot. I gave it four stars, because it wasn't what I was expecting, but it was still insightful and encouraging. I was hoping for answers to implement the seven habits in a classroom setting, but in this book Stephen Covey shares examples of different schools around the world implementing the habits. I guess I will just need to be proactive and found ways to implement them myself.
I liked Stephen Covey's 7 Habits, and was excited about reading The Leader in Me to learn how to incorporate the habits into my middle school curriculum. However, I found the book to be more of a praise for 7 Habits as opposed to a resourceful guide into how to accomplish this. There were a few chapters worth reading. But, overall, I found 7 Habits more valuable.
Luqman Kuchiki
Buku ini adalah kisah dari guru sekolah, masyarakat, serta aktivis dalam dunia pendidikan yang mengusung tema "Kepemimpinan" di sekolah mereka. Tema kepemimpina sendiri berangkat dari teori Mr. Covey yang juga dibuatkan dalam bentuk buku yakni 7 Habbits of Highly Effective People, yang juga telah diadopsi oleh Mr. Covey dalam kehidupannya sehari-hari.

Dalam buku ini juga dibahas mengenai teori 7 Habbits, dan kisah-kisah yang mengesankan dari murid-murid yang mengaplikasikan teori tersebut dalam k...more
Boring, not my thing. Repetitious and dry. Having to skim and started another book to survive. I'll subtitle this with I can't stand this kind of book in the first place. There's some good ideas in here, but I'd rather someone give me the cliff notes. Boring...oh I said that already. I can't wait for it to be over.
Kimberly Kolansky
Where to begin? This book was given to me at a professional development at my school. I believe that today's generation can GREATLY benefit from learning and utilizing the 7 habits. If anything, tell the state to forget about the common core…….and let's teach our students some COMMON SENSE. Unfortunately, this book didn't SHOW or EXPLAIN how to implement The Leader In Me Program in my school or my classroom. I understand the program isn't a one size fits all type program---but after reading this...more
Rita Anggorowati
Having read this book in 2009, led me me to a deep thought on how to implement the program in the school where I work. Then I asked my School Board to visit the nearest Leader in Me School which was mentioned in the book; Chua Chu Kang Primary School, Singapore.

Here in Pelita Nusantara School, we try to have our kids to live and learn things by examples. Thus our teachers are not only teaching but also educating and coaching life skills; in other words: We Walk the Talk. And we are glad that Th...more
This book is an introduction into the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and helps one understand how to implement the system in schools. This specific book doesn't give much information, but more just gives testimonials about the 7 Habits program and it's benefits. I was required to read this book before going to a three day training on the program. I would recommend the "7 Habits" book and I would recommend skipping this book. This book is fluff and just piques one's interest into the progr...more
This book was an inspiring read. It is meant for any parent or educator who may be discouraged by the experience they have had in the classroom. Every year, Covey writes, more and more of our children are entering the work force ill prepared to meet the challenges they face. They lack such basic business/ life skills as the ability to communicate effectively, how to work cooperatively, and, of course, how to lead. What is often missing in these children, furthermore, Covey argues, is character....more
Nugroho Angkasa
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“Makhluk liar yang saya kenal dua minggu lalu telah berubah menjadi anak lembut. Ia duduk di samping saya saat saya menulis jurnal ini, wajahnya tenang dan bahagia…Kini menjadi tugas menyenangkan sayalah untuk mengarahkan dan membentuk kecerdasannya yang indah yang mulai menggugah jiwanya.” (Anne Sullivan Macy, Gurunya Hellen Keller, hlm 241)

Stephen R. Covey terkenal karena buku bestseller “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Peop...more
Hana Bilqisthi
Membaca buku ini membuat optimis tentang pendidikan anak-anak dan bahwa tiap anak dapat berkembang menjadi lebih baik. Saat membaca contoh dalam buku ini membuat saya merasa sepertinya hal tersebut terlalu bagus jadi kenyataan dan membuat makin penasaran sebaik apa penerapan teori dalam buku ini.. Selain penasaran, saya merasa menyesal mengapa tidak membaca buku 7 habit of highly effective peoplenya Stephen R. Covey (saya akan segera mencari buku tersebut secepat mungkin ^^) . Pemimpin dalam buk...more
Dulu saya berpikir, hanya di Indonesia, kurikulum pendididkan padat materi dan mata pelajaran terlalu banyak, ternyata beberapa negara pun mengalaminya, bahkan Amerika. Mungkin sejak revolusi industri dan juga era informasi, kurikulum pendidikan di sekolah tidak mengalami perubahan yang signifikan mengikuti perkembangan jaman. Di abad 21 sekarang, tidak penting lagi, mengetahui semua fakta dan menghapalnya, terlebih bila kita bisa mencarinya lewat internet di smartphone kita, dalam hitungan deti...more
Megan Watt
I am LOVING this book. I am so glad my children are attending a "Leader in Me" School! This book is about the foundation of teaching very young children the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. My kids school is partly based on this philosophy and these principles. It is so great to know that beyond ""book smarts" my children are learning a foundation that will carry over into every aspect of their lives - they are learning to be leaders and communicators and to make decisions - I can't give thi...more
I read this book. I could not find myself putting it down. You learned how an elementary principal from A.B Combs Elementary took Stephen Conveys book of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and implemented it into the school. The results were outstanding and this books is helpful not only for schools but for parents as well. It mentions other schools adapting this concept of Leadership, honesty/integrity, teamwork, interpersonal skills, self-motivation, strong work ethic and the list conti...more
Danielle Meininger
I began this book hoping to learn more about the 7 habits of highly effective people as applied to children. I do know a bit more now and I will try to implement some of these strategies with my children. The chapters are long and for a parent most are for skimming. The writing is inspiring but also a little cheesy in some parts. Overall just read it, it will make you think.
Listened to this one on the car ride to Baltimore for the Lehigh/Lafayette telecast party. It's just one CD and it's read by the author. My wife and I had different perspectives but I think it's because I've already drank the Covey Kool-Aid. I actually didn't find the first half that intriguing. He shares the story of a particular magnet school that choose the 7 Habits as their theme. He says that they integrated the habits into their mission and approach but doesn't really go into detail about...more
It was hard to know how to rate this book. I LOVE the concept in the book. The ideas and results are amazing. However, the book itself did start to lose my attention the further along it went. It became more a book aimed at introducing educational faculty to the implementation, and not necessarily for the masses. That being said, I will still recommend it to anyone interested in the program, as it gets the idea across very well.
This book has been the best way to introduce The 7 Habits to me. I am so pleased and now excited to begin the process of change so that I can model these principles to my children and other families. Actually, I decided the best way for me to learn is to present. So I started last week with our homeschool group and Habit 1.

Do you have ideas for implementing these habits in your family? Please share them with me and I'll share with you.

I have also stayed about from Stev...more
Hadn't thought about the Covey habits for a time and loved reading the stories in this one about schools, especially the A. B. Combs Elementary in Raleigh whose principal (or princessipal as I liked to call us) really applied his stuff to kids and runs an exciting school where leadership permeates its culture and everyone leads in some way. Very inspiring!

Two other things in the book that resonated. First, he quoted the same definition of leadership I have used as my favorite: "Leadership is co...more
Devin Partlow
Didn't know the 7 Habits was getting so much love. Children all over the world are being taught this stuff and they're seeing results! I'm a still skeptic though. Everything sounds too beneficial, too smooth, too perfect for me. I'd like to visit on of these schools.
Don Weidinger
7 habits: proactive-responsibility and consequences, end in mind-see yourself, first things-prioritize-plan-execute, win-win for others too, understand then understood-care and respect, synergize-teamwork, sharpen the saw-reflection and improvement. Skills needed: communication, honesty, ethics, teambuilding, analytical, organizational and creative. To hire need character and competence, and character is most important as one can learn competence. Language and culture of leadership and caring. Y...more
As a big fan of Stephen Covey and his Seven Habits approach, I had high expectations for this book. Although the overall storyline is incredibly inspiring (the point of the book is really how integrating the 7 Habits/ character/ discipline aspect into education can be very transformative), the book didn't seem to be all that well organized or well-written. It bounced around a lot and seemed to repeat a lot of the same points. Don't get me wrong - still a good book with a *wonderful* message (and...more
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Stephen Richards Covey was the author of the best-selling book, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". Other books he wrote include "First Things First", "Principle-Centered Leadership", and "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families". In 2004, Covey released "The 8th Habit". In 2008, Covey released "The Leader In Me—How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One...more
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