At Orchard Elementary we believe that every student has the capacity to be a leader. We are grateful to have partnered with Panda Express in a joint effort to enable students to reach their individual leadership potential. At Orchard Elementary we incorporate the values and principles of Dr. Stephen R. Covey to help students discover “The Leader in Me.”

Habit 1: Be Proactive®h1

Take initiative.

Manage change.

Respond proactively.

Keep commitments.

Take responsibility and practice accountability.

Create positive education results.


Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind®h2

Define vision and values.

Create a mission statement.

Set measurable team and personal goals.

Start projects successfully.

Align goals to priorities.

Focus on desired outcomes.


Habit 3: Put First Things First® h3

Execute strategy.

Apply effective delegation skills.

Focus on important activities.

Apply effective planning and prioritization skills.

Balance key priorities.

Eliminate low priorities and time-wasters.

Use planning tools effectively.

Use effective time-management skills.


Habit 4: Think Win-Win®h4

Build high-trust relationships.

Build effective teams.

Apply successful negotiation skills.

Use effective collaboration.

Build productive relationships.


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand Then to Be Understood®h5

Apply effective interpersonal communication.

Overcome communication pitfalls.

Apply effective listening skills.

Understand others.

Reach mutual understanding.

Communicate viewpoints effectively.

Apply productive input and feedback.

Apply effective persuasion techniques.


Habit 6: Synergize®h6

Leverage diversity.

Apply effective problem solving.

Apply collaborative decision making.

Value differences.

Build on divergent strengths.

Leverage creative collaboration.

Embrace and leverage innovation.


Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®h7

Achieve life balance.

Apply continuous improvement.

Seek continuous learning.