Western Salisbury Elementary School is proud to be a Leader in Me school, but what does that mean? Perhaps you have heard of “The 8 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey? The Leader in Me is the process of taking those habits, making them developmentally appropriate for children, and integrating them into the school environment.

The Leadership concept is not about creating future CEOs of companies. It is about “personal leadership” with a fundamental belief that every child can be a “leader of their own life, has unique talents, and can make a positive difference in the world.” We teach children the 8 Habits of Happy Kids!

Imagine what would be possible if our school and community was filled with students who were responsible, who showed initiative, who were creative, who knew how to set goals and meet them, who got along with people of various backgrounds and cultures, and who could work effectively as a member of a team, resolve conflicts and solve problems?

Western Salisbury Elementary School is in Year 7 of this initiative and we are proud of what our teachers and children have accomplished. The Leader in Me is not a curriculum; it is a way of thinking and talking about growing and learning that is an integrated part of our daily life at school.

Please click on the LIM News Item Tab, the LIM Parent Resources Tab, and the LIM 7 Habits Tab to learn more.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or me.


Grace H. McCausland-Hartman, Ed.D.