Student Leadership

Taft Elementary School is a Leader in Me school.

The Leader in Me program emphasizes student leadership by empower students to be leaders.

The Leader in Me

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model based on concepts from Stephen Covey's "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." It breaks the concepts down into language easily understood by students as it teaches 21st century leadership and life skills.

The program, which is active in each of Marion City Schools' six elementary schools and Grant Middle School, empowers students to be leaders. It is one of Marion City Schools' four pillars of reform. It responds to concerns from area employers who said their future workforce needs included workers who had "soft skills" like teamwork, effective communication and the ability to prioritize work.

Students study and follow the Seven Habits of Happy Kids, which are:
  • Be proactive. You're in charge.
  • Begin with the end in mind. Have a plan.
  • Put first things first. Work first, then play.
  • Think win-win. Everyone can win.
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Listen before you talk.
  • Synergize. Together is better.
  • Sharpen the saw. Balance feels best.

What people are saying about The Leader in Me

A group of students shared what they think about The Leader in Me. Here's what they said.
"It's about doing the right thing even if a parent or teacher isn't watching." - Matt
"It makes our school a caring and loving school." - Lily

"Leader in Me is about being proactive. I can teach others to be a leader too." - Shayla