Students Share What it Means to be a 'Leader in Me'

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At Katherine Mecham Barney, students and staff believe leadership to be a fundamental trait that anyone can have.

The Lighthouse Leadership group had the opportunity to speak, present, and even dance about what it means to be a leader.

"At least to me, a recipe for an exceptional leader is serving and thinking of others," says KMBE Student Body President Nixen McNeil. "Instead of being a forceful dictator that many people think of when they think of a leader, be a respectful example to all those around you."

He and other KMBE students shared the seven habits of leadership, which are:

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin With the End in Mind
  • Put First Things First
  • Think Win-Win
  • Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the Saw

These habits are a set of principles and practices to help students become self-reliant, develop self-confidence, and learn to work and listen to others.

"Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Our students have the opportunity to find their voice, shine and showcase their talents," says KMBE Principal Chasity Cruz. "Our students lead by their actions! They show integrity, they are kind and they are respectful. Our teachers and staff lead by example, greeting students with warm welcomes and by being prepared for whatever the day may bring."

We will introduce these same seven habits to all of the QCUSD schools in the next school year. To learn more about these habits, see the article The Seven Habits on FranklinCovey.

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