7 Habits of Highly Effective People can help you improve student outcomes

7 Habits of Highly Effective People can help you improve student outcomes

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People program is suited to teachers and educators at all career levels. The Program outlines the key habits that can be implemented within your school, team or by yourself personally. At the end of the two-day workshop, you will be better prepared to take initiative, balance key priorities, able to communicate more effectively, and be more organised to achieve a balanced life.

By participating in the Program you will gain skills to be able to align school values, behaviours, norms and systems in order to drive results within your school.

The 7 habits:

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive

  • Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

  • Habit 3: Put first things first

  • Habit 4: Think win-win

  • Habit 5: Seek first to understand then to be understood

  • Habit 6: Synergize

  • Habit 7: Sharpen the saw

The first habits focus on discovering what your mission is through your own proactivity and organisational skills as a leader – not only for tasks but for relationships as well. Without the ability to balance both professional and personal tasks, one part of your life won’t be as fulfilling as the other.

The habits address other factors, like why so many leaders in schools don’t work together to achieve student outcomes and school values. Instead of thinking about ‘my way’ or ‘your way’, the program addresses the ‘third way’, which is about a more synergised and collaborative way of thinking and working.

So how can The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People help improve student outcomes?

Relationships

The program focuses on building relationships and sustaining them through the 7 Habits. As a leader, it is vital to think of others in your circle and how you can all collaborate to create a better environment for your students.

By building on your own relationship skills and communication style as a leader, you will learn to better understand diverse student needs and what you can do to help them be their best.

Take initiative

By applying the habits that you learn back in the classroom, you can teach your students how to be more proactive at school and in their personal lives, which will help them be better prepared to balance key priorities and achieve a balanced life.

Look after yourself

If you are not looking after yourself, it is difficult to be the leader that you aspire to be. As a teacher, it is important to take care of your mental and physical health by refocusing, taking a step back, and prioritising tasks in your professional and personal life. If you don’t, you won’t be as effective in your job, and you will lose focus on the important things.

By looking after yourself you will be able to give your students your best, which in turn will help them strive for success. In addition, you will be setting an important example for your students about self-care, especially as they reach their senior years of schooling.

Develop your current skillset

If you don’t continually invest in and develop your current skillset, mindset, and general understanding of the people around you, you will remain stagnant. As a leader, it is essential to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, and what areas of your life need improvement. Sharpening your current skills and focusing on specific aspects of your professional and personal life, will allow you to understand others better, including your students.

By investing in your development you will remind your students that there is always room to learn – particularly as they move further into their studies.

Find out more about The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Program.