Lighthouse Leadership School
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Lighthouse Leadership School adopted the leadership approach since the school incorporated the habits in 2006. A process through a United Way-funded concept that saw a panel of community educators elect to offer schools in Adams County the chance to incorporate the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." The idea was to better prepare students to be leaders and deal with everyday life as they mature and grow.
When this all started, the group was looking for a way to be proactive within schools to help develop a stronger community. The Catholic identity and the Covey habits support each other. It allowed us to look at our students as potential leaders and be a part of the learning process. Students use the habits to encourage leadership roles in the classroom and in their faith.
“Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” - Stephen R. Covey
Blessed Sacrament became a Leader in Me School August 2010 and became Lighthouse status on January 27, 2013. Blessed Sacrament Catholic Lighthouse Leadership School was the first Catholic school worldwide, the 29th school worldwide, and the first school in the state of Illinois to reach Lighthouse status.
The Leader In Me website: http://www.theleaderinme.org/
“The Leader in Me,” is a process to develop a culture of leadership in our school and based on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effected People,” by Stephen Covey. The Leader in Me model emphasizes skills that parents, families, teachers and students need to be successful in our society.
Developing a culture of leadership at Blessed Sacrament is about helping children be leaders of their own lives and making good choices. It helps them identify their own unique talents and abilities and encourages them to make a positive difference in the world.
The habits are:
Habit 1 – Be Proactive
You’re in Charge of your actions, attitudes and moods.
Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind
Have a Plan and Set Goals
Habit 3 – Put First Things First
Work First, Then Play
Habit 4 – Think Win-Win
Everyone Can Win, make decisions that work for everyone.
Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Listen Before You Talk.
Habit 6 – Synergize
Together Is Better
Habit 7 – Sharpen The Saw
Balance Feels Best, take care of your mind, body and soul.
Habit 8 – Find Your Voice
Share Your Talent with Others.
Staff, Faculty, students and Clergy use the habits every day. Teachers use the habits through the curriculum, for example when reading students might be asked how the main character is using the habits or not using the habits. The students find their voice everyday by sharing their talents with others.