The Leader in Me

We at Summit Drive Elementary School are proud to be in our 3rd year as a Leader in Me School. Leader in Me is a whole-school improvement process based on the idea that everyone can be a leader. This evidence-based approach empowers students with the leadership and life-skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Visit the Leader in Me Blog for inspiration and resources and learn more at  

Our mission is to develop student leaders with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs.
We at Summit Drive Elementary truly believe in our mission statement and strive to help our students achieve their potential. Through our Leader in Me implementation we
have better defined our school’s mission and live it more fully. By creating a focus on Leadership our school culture has improved and our students are not only learning
the academic lessons they need but also acquiring the social-emotional skills they need for their future.

Our Mission Statement:

At Summit Drive Elementary, we are a community of motivated leaders and learners. We hold ourselves and others to the highest level of accountability and honor the talents of others.

The 7 Habits

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® is one of the key frameworks of the Leader in Me model. The 7 Habits help students learn and apply social-emotional
skills. Additionally, the 7 Habits give students and staff members a common language and are essential in building a strong leadership culture. We are excited to share the 7 Habits® with our families. We invite you to use the Habit Homework Menu to select a habit to focus on each week for the next 20 weeks.

Habit 1 — Be Proactive
You're in Charge
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being
asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind
Have a Plan
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and
vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3 — Put First Things First
Work First, Then Play
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win
Everyone Can Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for
third alternatives.

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Listen Before You Talk
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people
in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6 — Synergize
Together is Better
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other
people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw
Balance Feels Best
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find
meaningful ways to help others.

7 Habits and Social Emotional Learning

Teach the 7 Habits Video  


WIGS/4 Disciplines of Execution

The 4 Disciplines of Execution® is another key framework of the Leader in Me process. This world-renowned methodology helps our school, staff and students
identify, track, and achieve school-wide/personal/professional/academic Wildly Important Goals (WIGS).