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Leader In Me


Navigators always strive to be their personal best - to be Leaders now and in the Future!


Nichols Navigators are motivated, optimistic, creative problem solvers, and life-long learners. We demonstrate leadership, responsibility and synergize through partnerships.

Staff Link

Staff Members log-in to the Leader In Me Online for teaching resources. 

Visit the Nichols Staff Website for ideas and inspiration.

Family Links and Support

Families play an important role in helping their children develop a deeper understanding and application of the leadership principles taught in the Leader in Me process. Here are some things you can do to help:

Set goals with your family, ask children how he or she incorporated the 7 Habits in school, and use the 7 Habits in your own personal life.

Create a family mission statement 

Great Cultures at School and at Home

Leader In Me

At Nichols Elementary School we are proud to be 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.

What to expect now we’re a Leader in Me School?

Increased use of 7 Habits language

Leadership opportunities for students and families

School-wide events

Visit the Leader in Me website for information, inspiration and resources.

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.

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 tree


The 7 Habits

Teach 7 Habits video

7 Habits of Happy Kids song and video

Watch how one school used the 7 Habits and the Leader In Me in this video

Unexpected Leadership:

Students Lend a Helping Hand in this video

This video shows 5th grade students at Western Salisbury Elementary who reach out to Johns Hopkins University and receive an unexpected response. This school activity helped reinforce the idea of working together to achieve a goal, and having the confidence to try something new.

Two Sisters Find Hope in this video.

This video shows a beautiful partnership between a Leader in Me school and a home that helped empower two sisters with personal life and leadership skills they are now using to discover their potential, help others, and find hope.