Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.39 in
Published: October 6, 2009
Publisher: Free Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1439153175
ISBN - 13: 9781439153178
About the Book
Stephen R. Covey is a renowned authority on leadership, a family expert, teacher, organizational consultant, and vice chairman of FranklinCovey Co. The author of several acclaimed books, he has also received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of "Time" magazine's twenty-five most influential Americans. Covey lives with his wife, Sandra, and their family in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.
Read from the Book
Foreword As much as any professional work I have embarked upon, this book comes from my heart. It both thrills and humbles me like you cannot imagine. It involves today''s young people. It involves our future. Whether you are a concerned parent, a professional educator, or a foresighted business leader, I am confident you will find it to be an invigorating breath of fresh air, a reason to celebrate and an inspiring call for action. For what you are about to read unveils a budding trend that is gaining momentum in a growing number of schools across the United States and in various parts of the world. It is an exciting trend -- one that is producing tangible, sustainable results. From the get-go, I want you to know that I am not the mastermind behind the trend. Rather, credit goes to an expanding community of committed, creative, and caring professional educators who have synergistically joined forces with parents, civic leaders, and business proprietors to bring about a new level of hope in education. To set the context, let me take you back a few years to what seems like yesterday. In 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was published. Its subtitle was "Restoring the Character Ethic." The book caught a wave that even I had no way of anticipating, particularly in organizational arenas. Today, the 7 Habits are still thriving in boardrooms, government offices, and corporate universities around the globe. About the same time as the 7 Habits book was launched, I was appro
Table of Contents
1. Too Good to Be True?
2. Discovering What Parents, Business Leaders, and Teachers Want
from a School
3. Crafting a Blueprint for Leadership
4. Aligning for Success
5. Unleashing a Culture of Leadership
6. Rippling Across the Globe
7. Moving Upward and Beyond
8. Making It Happen, One Step at a Time
9. Ending with the Beginning in Mind
10. Bringing It Home
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From the Publisher
The world has entered an era of the most profound and challenging
change in human history. Most of our children are not prepared, and
we know it.
Parents around the world see the change and know that the
traditional three R''s -- reading, writing, and arithmetic -- are
necessary, but not enough. Their children need to become far more
responsible, creative, and tolerant of differences. They need to
increase their ability to think for themselves, take initiative,
get along with others, and solve problems.
Business leaders are not finding people whose skills and character
match the demands of today''s global economy, including strong
communication, teamwork, analytical, technology, and organizational
skills. They need young people who are self-motivated, creative,
and have a strong work ethic.
How will we bridge this ever-widening gap? The Leader in
Me is the story of the extraordinary schools, parents, and
business leaders around the world who are preparing the next
generation to meet the great challenges and opportunities of the
In 1999, the A.B. Combs Elementary School in North Carolina was on
the verge of being cut as a magnet school and needed to find new
ways to educate its students. Teachers and administrators began
teaching practical, principle-based leadership skills -- with
remarkable results. In a short time, the number of students passing
end-of-grade tests vaulted from 84 to 97 percent. Simultaneously,
the school began reporting significant increases in students''
self-confidence, dramatic drops in discipline problems, and
striking increases in teacher and administrator job satisfaction.
Parents, meanwhile, reported equivalent improvements in their
children''s attitudes and behavior at home. As news of the
school''s success spread, schools around the world began adopting
the mantra to "develop leaders, one child at a time." Business and
civic leaders started partnering with schools in their communities
to sponsor teacher training and student resources. Each school and
family approached the principles differently, but the results were
the same -- attentive, energized young people engaging in the world
The best way to prepare the next generation for the future is to
emphasize the value of communication, cooperation, initiative, and
unique, individual talent -- for nothing undermines confidence more
than comparison. Whether in the classroom or at home, it is never
too early to start applying leadership skills to everyday life.
Drawing on the many techniques and examples that have already seen
incredible success around the world, The Leader in Me
shows how easy it is to incorporate these skills into daily life.
It is a timely answer to many of the challenges facing today''s
young people, businesses, parents, and educators -- one that is
perfectly matched to the global demands of the twenty-first
About the Author
Stephen R. Covey was born on October 24, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Sandra Merrill and had nine children. Covey received a B.A. from University of Utah, an M.B.A. from Harvard, and a D.R.E. from Brigham Young University. He was a teacher and administrator at BYU. Covey founded Covey Leadership Center in 1983 and has published a periodical, Executive Excellence. Covey authors books and articles on leadership, personal and organizational effectiveness, and family and interpersonal relationships. He promotes individual awareness, self-control, discipline, and a sense of purpose in seeking a balanced life. He recommends that companies treat employees more holistically to raise productivity. His works have been widely translated. His best known book is Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, which has sold several million copies. Other Covey books include: Principle Centered Leadership (1991), First Things First: to Live, to Love, to Learn, and to Leave a Legacy (1994), Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People, First Things First Every Day Because Where You're Headed Is More Important Than How Fast You're Going (1997), The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, and Seven Habits of Highly Effective Organizations. Covey received the Thomas More College Medallion and the Utah Symphony Fiftieth Anniversary Award in 1990, and the McFeely Award of the International Management Council for contributions and service in 1991.