The Leader in Me is a whole school transformation model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Distinct in several ways, The Leader in Me:

  • Starts from a powerful premise—that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader—and therefore shapes the views of staff to value and develop the whole child.
  • Integrates leadership development into existing school programs, curricula, and traditions in a way that does not feel like “one more thing.” More than a program, The Leader in Me serves as a foundational operating system for the school, improving relationships, transforming culture, and highly motivating staff members and students.
  • Impacts all stakeholders starting first with the staff of a school, then moving out to students, their families, and the community at large. This Inside-Out Approach is the key ingredient to successfully creating positive change.

In summary, The Leader in Me is based on paradigms, content, and practices that, when implemented with excellence, transform how a school community approaches education and redefine what school greatness means for the 21st century.

This new definition of school greatness is represented through three overlapping circles: leadership, culture, and academics.

The Leader in Me recognizes that the world has changed and that students need to be prepared with a broad-based skillset that not only includes core academic subjects, but also critical competencies such as communication, initiative, problem solving, goal setting, collaboration, and self-management, among others.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, by Stephen R. Covey (shown right), is
a powerful framework used by Leader in Me Schools to teach leadership.

Embedding Leadership

Leadership is taught directly to students, but more important, integrated seamlessly with everyday lessons across all curricular areas. In addition, leadership is taught continuously to staff and parents, and they become powerful models of leadership as they interact with students.


When schools implement the paradigms and practices related to The Leader in Me, they experience transformational impact.

Learn more and download the full Leader In Me Brochure here.

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