The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time (Anglais) Broché – 6 octobre 2009
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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 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 a strong work ethic.
How will we bridge this ever-widening gap? The Leader in Me is the story of the extraordinary schools, parents, and business leaders around the world who are preparing the next generation to meet the great 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 -- with remarkable results. In a short time, the number of students passing end-of-grade tests vaulted from 84 to 97 percent. Simultaneously, the school began reporting significant increases in students' self-confidence, dramatic drops in discipline problems, and striking increases in teacher and administrator job satisfaction. Parents, meanwhile, reported equivalent improvements in their children's attitudes and behavior at home. As news of the school's success spread, schools around the world began adopting the mantra to "develop leaders, one child at a time." Business and civic leaders started partnering with schools in their communities to sponsor teacher training and student resources. Each school and family approached the principles differently, but the results were the same -- attentive, energized young people engaging in the world around them.
The best way to prepare the next generation for the future is to emphasize the value of communication, cooperation, initiative, and unique, individual talent -- for nothing undermines confidence more than comparison. Whether in the classroom or at home, it is never too early to start applying leadership skills to everyday life. Drawing on the many techniques and examples that have already seen incredible success around the world, The Leader in Me shows how easy it is to incorporate these skills into daily life. It is a timely answer to many of the challenges facing today's young people, businesses, parents, and educators -- one that is perfectly matched to the global demands of the twenty-first century.
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The Leader in Me is that programme. It's based on a hugely successful initiative carried out at the A.B. Combs Elementary School in North Carolina. In 1999, the school debuted a programme that taught The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to a pilot group of students. In a short time the average end-of-grade scores had leapt from 84 to 97.
To hear the parents of A. B Combs talk about the school is to be amazed. They began reporting incredible changes in their children's demeanour, attitudes and abilities. As news of the programme's success spread, schools around the world began adopting the mantra to 'develop leaders one child at a time'.
The 7 Habits have already changed the lives of millions of people, but this book shows how children can use them as they develop. Those habits - be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek to understand and then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw - are critical skills to learn at a young age and bring incredible results, proving that it's never too early to teach someone how to live well.
Stephen R. Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority, family expert, teacher, organizational consultant and co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Co. He has been recognized as one of Time magazine's twenty-five most influential Americans.
For more information visit www.StephenCovey.com or www.TheLeaderInMeBook.org --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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Basically, the book tells the story of how, in particular, A.C. Combs Elementary School has adopted the seven habits as a kind of value set underlying the traditional curriculum across the school. Other schools are also cited, but with much less detail. Students have done very well, even on the standardized exams that are so important to schools today. In my experience this emphasis on underlying values is one key to a new generation of education, so this material validated what I have been seeing and provided other reinforcing models. (The idea of values is not "being good" but rather a way of life that brings success.) The seven habits do provide a good basis for leadership, and I am now considering how they can add to the initiatives I am doing. However, our focus on creativity and innovation means we use other values that reach beyond the seven habits, primarily think-team-trust. This does not detract from the value of the stories told here to stimulate more thinking about the ideal next generation of education for the 21st Century.
Note that Covey's company apparently now has a large business in providing materials and training for education activities such as those cited in the book. One could perceive this book as a sales pitch. However, I found the writing more an attempt to honestly spread the word rather than sell a given program. I guess the value, then, depends on whether you are in a position to build on the ideas, or you just want to try to copy what is described. In the later case you may have little option but to turn to Franklin Covey for the detail that is missing in the book. I, however, found the overview provided good food for thought for an unrelated activity that is already well underway, and thus a valuable contribution.
In the "Aligning for Success" chapter, you find practices taught to the children and many acronyms for education. If you read Malcolm Gladwell's most recent book Outliers: The Story of Success some of these things will sound familiar to you already. In the "Unleashing a Culture of Leadership" chapter, you'll see some ideas of traditions to incorporate, like: Leadership Day, Inaugural Ball, International Festival, Silver-Tray Luncheon, Service Projects and Celebrate Success Day. There are, of course, a lot of evidence from other schools who incorporate the 7 Habits into their curriculum and the stats provided, and a lot of talk about the 7 Habits.
If you are interested in the 7 Habits, I'd highly recommend the Unabridged CD series to listen to in your car- Covey relates many stories and applications as both a parent and professional. It is easy to implement and honestly, it changed my perspective and practices personally. Here it is: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Unabridged Audio Program). As a parent, it is easily relatable, moreso than the book from that direction. I'd ask you to think about purchasing the CDs before even reading the book- the book can get a bit technical and lose people who flip through it the first time- whereas the CDs have interesting stories, elaborated details on each Habit, and are orated by Covey himself.
In chapter 8, "Making It Happen, One Step at a Time", covers The 4 Imperatives of Leadership: Inspire Trust, Clarify Purpose, Align Systems, and Unleash Talent. In the last chapter, "Bringing it Home", you will find a treasure trove on the 2 pages (216, 217) of the 7 Habits and bulletpoints of how to implement them into your life. The Leader in Me is truly a great resource for parents, in addition to teachers, school administration, mentors, parent helpers and Sunday Schools/church children's ministries. Covey does a phenomenal job of laying out the foundation and ideals, in addition to providing many applicable ways to do start right away.
Stephen R. Covey's book, The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time, is designed primarily for educators, however, in addition to principals and teachers, parents of elementary-school students, mentors, parent helpers, Sunday Schools, and church ministries will find it valuable as well. About half of it is devoted to elementary-school case studies. The foundation of the book is the 7 habits (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, and 7) Sharpen the saw), and references to the 7 Habits website are frequent. It is, however, written for the layman (without technical jargon), numerous examples are provided, the plan is positive and affirming, and the ideas are practical and implementable. Chapter 8, "Making It Happen, One Step at A Time," covers the 4 imperatives of leadership: 1) Inspire trust, 2) Clarify Purpose, 3) Align systems, and 4) Unleash talent. This is a book designed for a specific readership, but for that readership, it is well worth reading.
More importantly Covey identifies why the 7 habits are important in today's educational climate and culture. While some may say his work is self-serving, he explains that the objective of teaching the 7 habits is not an attempt to make every student a future CEO, but to develop individual leaders, one child at a time. Given the crisis in public education in the U.S., one is left asking the question: does the Department of Education know about this????