Seven Habits

Young Men’s Preparatory Academy’s leadership curriculum is based on the principles of Sean Covey’s best-selling book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” Through mentoring and instruction during our leadership block, students first learn the habits, then practice them on a daily basis until it becomes part of their lives.

Below are “The Habits” and a brief description of their meanings.

Be Proactive

Make things happen instead of waiting for them to happen.

Begin With the End in Mind

Know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.

Put First Things First

Be clear about your priorities and act on them.

Think Win-Win

See life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. It is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions.

Seek First to Understand, then To Be Undertsood

Before offering your opinion, thoroughly understand another person’s point of view.


Work in teams and value differences. The belief is that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”

Sharpen the Saw

Engage in carefully selected recreational activities to maximize productivity.