Leader In Me Parent Guide

Leader In Me: Parent's Guide

Welcome to The Leader in Me Parent’s Guide. This guide is based on the timeless principles found in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me. It shares easy-to-understand ideas and activities, and a reading list to help you teach and model powerful 7 Habits principles to your children at home.

You are your child’s first and best teacher. You lay the foundation for the education of your children’s mind, heart, body, and spirit. No matter what’s going on in your child’s school, you can help your son or daughter discover the leader within and prepare for a great life of contribution and service. If you are fortunate enough to have a school that already supports the principles laid out in The Leader in Me, your job is simpler, but no less important—it is to reinforce the principles your child learns at school and lives at home becoming a leader of his or her own life.

Here are a few tips to ensure your success:

Go at the Right Pace

1. You are so busy! So the first tip is to look for ways to work the principles into what you are already doing. Think of it not as one more thing to do, but as a better way of doing what you are already doing.

2. Are there things you are doing now that you could replace with more important activities? TV watching is the first thing that comes to mind, but there may be others. We’re not saying TV is all bad, but too much TV can be a waste of time.

3. Go at a pace that works for you. You can plunge in all at once or work at it slowly, little by little. Either way, you will see improvements as you reap the benefits of living by timeless and universal principles as a family.

Keep It Simple

Applying the principles at home will make your home life easier and happier. The key is to keep the focus simple and simply keep the focus. There are three things you can do to prepare your child for the new reality. First: help your child become more responsible and independent through Habits 1, 2, and 3. Second: focus on helping your child become more interdependent through Habits 4, 5, and 6. And third: focus on teaching and rewarding primary greatness, which is based on character and contribution, not on secondary greatness (awards, wealth, or fame).

Learn More About the 7 Habits

The best way to learn more about the 7 Habits is to read or listen to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, or attend a 7 Habits training workshop. Go to FranklinCovey.com for information about classes in your area. Completing the exercises in this guidebook will help teach you the habits, and you can also go to www.TheLeaderInMe.org for even more ideas for parents and teachers, and for how to sponsor a school.


Web Resources







Parent Book List

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, Stephen R. Covey

Living the 7 Habits, Stephen R. Covey




Habit 8: Find Your Voice And Help Others Find Theirs

Definition: Found something that you're really good at or really proud of.

Book Suggestion:

1. The Lion Inside: by Rachel Bright (April Book of the Month)

Family Activities: