Leader In Me

Leader in Me
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A whole-school transformation process.

Leader in Me Overview

Using Best Practices and Universal Principles

Leader in Me® is a whole-school transformation model and process developed in partnership with educators that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on principles and practices of personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness, and upon the powerful premise that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader.


Leader in Me helps students learn how to become self-reliant, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritize their time, manage their emotions, be considerate of others, express their viewpoint persuasively, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions, value differences, and live a balanced life. The process helps students develop the skills and self-confidence they need to lead their lives and succeed in school and beyond.


Leader in Me started with one school in North Carolina and has since grown to thousands of schools in over eighty countries throughout the world. 

“From the time we enter kindergarten until the time we graduate, we are told we are leaders because we all have gifts.”


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Leader In Me (Elementary)

Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders.

Leader in Me includes training on establishing a vision for the school, goal setting, data tracking, and personal accountability systems and is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. The Leader in Me provides a logical, sequential, and balanced process to help schools proactively design a culture that reflects their vision of their ideal school.


Leader in Me differs from other whole-school transformation processes in that it offers a holistic, schoolwide experience for staff, students, and parents, and creates a common language and culture within the school. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum but instead are incorporated into coursework, traditions, systems, and culture.


Leader in Me seeks to:

  • Create a culture of trust and engagement.
  • Empower students to lead their own lives, and make a difference with others.
  • Provide students tools to better achieve goals.
  • Develop student voice.
“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity. “

Stephen Covey

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Leader In Me (Secondary)

Preparing students for college, career, and life.

Based on the same leadership principles and tools, Leader in Me for secondary schools (middle and high schools) customizes the process for staff, teachers, and students.

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The 7 Habits® of Highly Effective Teens

Helps students apply personal leadership principles to the tough choices they face every day.


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Leadership and Organizational Solutions

Drive organizational change and improvement by developing your people with essential competencies such as time management, leadership, and strategic execution.


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Leader in Me High School

Create a high school culture focused on achieving career, college, and life readiness for every student.


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