The Leader in Me

The 7 Habits?

I was first introduced to the 7 Habits many years ago, when I was attending a Financial Peace University class at my local church, but at that time I was more focused on getting my family budget in order than I was on analyzing every detail of my everyday actions. When my workplace, Heritage Elementary School, began The Leader in Me process, I was thrilled to have a focused, daily reminder of how powerful these seemingly small words can be. The Leader in Me is a school program designed to encourage teachers, students, families, and the community to embrace the seven habits in our daily lives.

You may not know them as Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and you may not know the fancy lingo that he attached to them, but you’re certain to recognize the concepts in these common sense ideas for how to handle every situation in your life. For a detailed description of these ideas and how to implement them into your own life, check out one of the many books on the subject. In future posts, I’ll give a brief description of each, and a tidbit about how they’re important in my life.

The 7 Paintings

Each of these paintings is inspired by a different famous artist. Each is intended to embody one of the seven habits, as expressed in my own life and the life of the artist whose work I was recreating. Each is accompanied by a quote from the master, which also relates to the same habit. In order, the paintings above are titled after the 7 Habits:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin With the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw

If you also find these works to be meaningful, head over to the Newquii Store for prints and originals (coming soon).