In summary, the book is a great inspiration that it is possible to create a positive culture centred on successes (of all kinds) within schools, which are often so caught up in academic achievement and leading league tables. It does seem possible to implement the same philosophies and culture without ‘buying in to’ any of the Habits programmes, as detailed in Chapter 6.
Although, one suspects that getting such a programme off the ground quickly maybe tempting, I think for any Headteacher or School interested in pursuing such a programme, it would be important to first take stock of the prevalent culture and beliefs of the school, start conversations, ask questions and encourage feedback from students, staff, parents and other stakeholders within the school community. To then filter through and build from those discussions to define goals and targets and setting out a roadmap to achieve those goals.
The thought that all children will leave school, with a sense of pride and value, with a firm belief in their abilities and a high level of self-esteem and confidence is priceless, particularly given the ‘cost’ of continuous reinforcement of positive messages; of which no financial value can be placed.
In conclusion ‘The Leader in Me’ is definitely worth a read for all parents, and stakeholders of schools.
Does your school work on a similar philosophy? Would you like to do this at our school? Tell us what you think.
Author: Li-ling Ooi