Leadership and your child: Big Leaders Come in Small Packages

Behavior Modification Tips and Strategies

What defines a leader? Do you define them as someone who imparts wisdom, leaves a legacy, or plays a big role in your life? How does one become a leader? Are they born into this status, do they learn it by watching others, or is it just innate?

As children begin to explore and wonder about the world around them they make choices and decisions that will ultimately begin their journey through life. Why not impart some leadership traits early on in life in order for them to be self-sufficient and learn through personal responsibility?

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was introduced by The Franklin Covey Corporation and has been adapted to a kid-friendly version now being used in many classrooms across America. I do not believe that a school has to “buy in” to this program but I do however think the seven habits can be taught through simple procedures, lessons, and instruction.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Adults/Kids

“Adult Language”   /   “Kid Language”

  1. Be Proactive   /   You are in Charge
  2. Begin with the End in Mind   /   Have a Plan
  3. Put First Things First   /   Work First, Then Play
  4. Think Win-Win   /   Everyone Can Win
  5. Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood   /   Listen Before You Talk
  6. Synergize   /   Together is Better
  7. Sharpen the Saw   /   Balance Feels Best

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