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The Leader In Me In Schools Book Review

Updated on December 31, 2014
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Just as Cheryl has been evolving, so has parenting styles and schools. Hopefully you'll find some things here that will be helpful to you.

A book about improving our schools, by creating leaders

When kids were involved in the process of making decisions that affect them, they became more involved. In doing so, they took on a more active role not only in the decision making process, but also in implementing and taking action on what had been decided. They were in the process of becoming leaders.

These leaders are already being created, or should I say, being nourished and allowed to shine. These are kids that aren't being taught to become future CEOs, per se, but instead are being taught how to lead their own lives, and to be a success in their own right. They are being taught fundamental values through experience.

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When I went to elementary and high school,

the students were never asked for their opinion or input.

I'm glad that times are changing, and that the kids are being included in the decisions that affect them. That is how we get them to think logically and to become better decision makers when they're adults.

What do you know about The Leader in Me

Had you heard about The Leader in Me before today?

This flourishing school program came about because...

of an elementary school principal; Muriel Summers.

A.C. Combs Elementary School was not doing well. The principal was informed that changes had to be made if they were going to stay in the business of educating students.

Muriel Summers had attended a 7 Habits seminar, and wondered if the 7 Habits could be taught to young children. She found out that in fact, they could, as she started implementing the strategies. As her success grew in her school, other schools noticed and wanted the same thing; the ripple affect started growing too.

Schools that implemented the 7 Habits in their school saw improved behavior, improved life skills, improved test scores, and more.

The kids were included in decision making and felt respect; in turn they became more respectful of others.

I was inspired by The Leader In Me Book. - It is a way to Develop Leaders in Schools.

Although various schools implemented the program differently, they all showed success. In various ways, the kids were empowered to be part of the process, decision making, and solutions. They then took more responsibility for their own individual behavior and contribution.

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

I was truly inspired by this book and highly recommend it. The strategies can be used by teachers, parents, bosses, etc.


When I was a kid in school, students were taught to simply respect and obey their elders.

Children were not asked their opinion about anything.

At least not in my experience. I'm glad that's changing.

I was amazed and impressed by reading about the experiences of the schools that were written about in The Leader in Me. It gives me hope for the future of our children and our education system. Kids that learn and practice leadership skills in school, will someday be better leaders in their homes, businesses, government, etc.

The more people that practice implementing fundamental values in our everyday lives, the better schools, and also the whole world will be. Will you join me?

A question for you...

Are you ready to implement - using fundamental values with the people that you deal and interact with?

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Since I made this page, I have found out that one of the local schools in Morgantown, WV, are implementing the Leader in Me Program. That is great news.

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Your questions and/or comments are welcome. - Do you have any tips to share about improving our schools?

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    • CherylsArt profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Paton 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      @RhondaAlbom: It is Pukeko. The program can be implemented in a variety of ways. It is not a specific class, but that the 7 Habits are incorporated in how the classes are taught.

    • CherylsArt profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Paton 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      @anonymous: Thank you BevsPaper. It is a great program and I am so impressed that this program is being implemented in more and more schools. Thank you too for the Angel blessing. All the best.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      The leader in me looks like a really interesting book.

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      8 years ago

      Now this is a program I can get behind. It sounds wonderful! Ringing my little Squid Angel bell with a blessing.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      @norma-holt: Thank you so much skiesgreen.

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      8 years ago

      Good points raised here. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also added to my awards lens charity-lenses-for-summer-sunshine-giveaway


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