The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time
by Stephen R. Covey
The world has entered an era where most of our children are not prepared, and we know it.
Parents 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 more responsible, creative, and tolerant of differences. They need to increase their ability to think for themselves, take initiative, get along with others, and solve problems.
Business leaders are not finding people whose skills and character match the demands of today's global economy, including strong communication, teamwork, analytical technology, and organizational skills. They need young people who are self-motivated, creative, and have strong work ethic.
The Leader in Me is the story of the schools, parents, and business leaders who are preparing the next generation to meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.
In 1999, the A.B. Combs Elementary School in North Carolina was on the verge of being cut as a magnet school and needed to find new ways to educate its students. Teachers and administrators began teaching practical, principle-based leadership skills. The number of students passing the end-of-grade tests vaulted from 84 to 97 percent. Simultaneously, the school began reporting increases in students' self-confidence, drops in discipline problems, and striking increases in teacher and administrator job satisfaction. Parents reported equivalent improvements in their children's attitudes and behavior at home.
The way to prepare the next generation for the future is to emphasize the value of communication, cooperation, initiative, and unique, individual talent. The Leader in Me shows how to incorporate these skills into daily life.
- adapted and revised from publisher
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