Promoting Leadership Behavior


We recently started our journey as a leadership school. As we worked through our first year, I tried to think of ways to tie in the seven leadership habits with our behavior management system. My teaching partner and I liked our clip chart system, but we hit a big wall with a few of our students.

This "wall" came in the form of a few children who could not handle moving their clip after any kind of redirection. Stomping, crying, wailing, gnashing of teeth - it was about 9 kinds of awful. We kept repeating our "family" mantra - You can always turn your day around! - but it didn't seem to help.

It finally occurred to us that no matter how many times we told our students this, all some of them could SEE was that they were on orange - Teacher's Choice. Or, their clips were on red - Parent Contact/Office Visit. 

They were so fixated on the consequences that they couldn't possibly think about ways to turn their day around.

When we talked about it, my partner and I knew that WE would enforce consequences where and when they were appropriate --- but did they need to be public (on the chart)? We decided they did not.

It took a little time, but I came up with a rhyme for each piece of the chart. I tried to incorporate components of our leadership habits in each section.

Author's Note: Clip charts aren't for everybody. In fact, I don't use them anymore myself. However, this one worked for me and I'm happy to share it with you! 

I have never been so excited to test out something new in my classroom. The difference in our little crew was amazing. When they had to clip down, the students would recite the rhyme, talk to one of us and (gasp) move on with their day!!

We saw positive changes in the rest of our little school family as well. I cannot wait to start the year with this tool when we go back.

I would love to hear from you if you decide this is something you want to use! To get it, click on any of the images in this post OR click HERE.

Make sure you're following my 7 Habits Pinterest board for loads of other ideas as well!

You can also sign up below to get a FREE set of Paradigm posters that support the Leader in Me teachings!


  1. I really like the way you have focused on the positives, even if the student is having trouble. Great set of posters...thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you! It helped my little one for sure!

  2. I love this clip chart!!! My school is becoming a Leader in Me school this fall. The only thing is that it is quite long so my kids may not be able to reach the top. The clip chart I currently have is a full sheet on green since all students start on green. The other colors (levels) of the chart are half the size.

    1. Hi Patricia!

      You are going to love being a part of a LIM schoo! The clip chart is long. :) My 3rd graders could reach it, but I am working on re-sizing the pages to give people more options for printing the chart. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. Happy Birthday Abby! I hope you are enjoying your bday weekend. I love this Clip Chart. We are a LIM school too and this is such a cool way to tie everything together. I agree with everyone - great job focusing on the positive. Thanks for sharing. I've grabbed my download.

    The Teaching Thief

  4. Happy Birthday weekend! Thanks so much for sharing your clip chart. I love the rhymes!!! I can't wait to use the "new and improved" chart.

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits

  5. I am so thankful to have stumbled upon your blog!!! We will begin the Leader in Me program this fall and I am beyond thrilled to start it!! Your clip chart just makes me even more excited. Thank you for sharing!!! :)Allison
    Live, Love, Learn in Fourth Grade

  6. My kid is totally the stumbling block at home! Angel at school, struggles at home. Found your blog because I am looking tk reinforce the Leader and Me concepts at home. Love your sayings, but clueless to how they 'climb'. If you have time to clue me in to whether or not this is doable at home, I'd love it! Just pinned you on my Parenting board. How do I get a download?

  7. Thank You for the Freebie. I really like this. I think that it will help my kids to focus on how to fix their problem or set their goal rather than on what is wrong or how "good" they are.

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  9. Is this still available? When I click on the picture something else in your TPT Store comes up- I would love this for my classroom!

  10. It is! Click on the 7 Habits tab at the top of the blog. :)

  11. Love this idea! I use a up and down clip chart, but I also had a student that would become very upset at being on yellow or orange. I got to where I didn't want to say anything even if his behavior wasn't great. Good idea to let me decide with the situation, instead of the chart!!!!

  12. This is awesome! Would you happen to have this in a Spanish version or an editable version?

  13. Hi, I really like the behavior chart but unfortunately, I can't download it. The dropbox shows the arrow. Can someone help me??? Please!!! My email is mzaligan@yahoo.com
    Thank you!
    Your help is greatly appreciated.

  14. Love this!! We are becoming a Leader in Me school this year, 2018. I would love a fresh Clip chart for this new concept. How can I get a copy of this one?