“All I really need to know…I learned in kindergarten” Robert Fulghum
Often I come back to that wisdom. I was reminded of it recently when I came across an invite to a Princess Party from last December. I wrote about my experience and observations (“All I Really Need to Know…..I Re-Learned from Kindergartners.”) of the girls on another blog of mine. It was a wonderful experience watching the girls care for each other with compassion.
A couple of days ago I was having a conversation with a friend about leadership and the trickle down effect. When we observe how families, organizations, and governments operate, we can trace back the leadership style, good or bad, back to the top. Although we are the leaders of our own lives, how we act, interact, and treat others is often influenced by the people who lead our families, organizations, and governments. They are the ones who set the tone, standards, and environment for the mode of operation and individually or as groups, we have the choice to go along with it, change it, or walk away.
During this conversation my friend’s eyes lit up, he smiled, and told me about the principal, Steve Leavenworth at the elementary school in LaVerkin, Utah where his daughter goes to school. He is constantly inspiring, motivating, and setting examples of great leadership to both the children and parents in that community.
Per my friend, when you walk into the school, you see their motto: “We are LaVerkin Elementary. Home of the Tiger Cubs. No Excuses. No Limits.”
Then my friend pulled out a notebook where he had written down the Tribe’s Community Agreements from a recent Morality Play put on by the staff at LaVerkin Elementary, which were:
*Appreciation – No Put-Downs
*The Right to Pass
Wow! I want to go to that school. So I did…on the internet, where I found at the bottom of the home page, next to the principal’s photo,
Wow! I want to go to that school.
You can check out photos of some of the fun and leadership training the students are getting here – http://lves.washk12.org/pictures/.
My hat’s off to the principal and staff at LaVerkin Elementary School!