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A Whole-School Improvement Model

Leader in Me is an evidence-based, comprehensive-school improvement model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Why “Leader In Me” Works

What Leader in Me Schools Do?


The Framework provides a unique approach to integrating highly effective practices throughout a school’s culture. Instead of focusing on academic measures alone, Leader in Me embodies a holistic approach to education, redefining how schools measure success. This approach empowers educators with effective practices and tools to:

  • teach LEADERSHIP to every student,
  • create a CULTURE of student empowerment,
  • and align systems to drive results in ACADEMICS.

5 Core Paradigms to See Differently

Educators begin to see their role, student potential, and the purpose of school culture in a new way. The Leader in Me experience begins with a whole new paradigm for education. Educators rediscover their passion through Leader in Me as it redirects their focus back to a deeper understanding of student achievement.

Everyone Can Be a Leader

Not this: Leadership is for the few

Everyone has genius

Not this: A few people are gifted

Change starts with me

Not this: To improve schools, the system needs to change first

Develop the whole person

Not this: Focus solely on academic achievement

Educators empower students to lead their own learning

Not this: Educators control and direct student learning

The 7 Habits Tree

The 7 Habits Tree


Students are shown the 7 Habits through in-class lessons and by integrating principles utilized throughout the school. The 7 Habits Tree provides our school with a culture to bring the best out of everyone.


Habit 1: Habit 1: Be Proactive®


Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind®


Habit 3: Put First Things First®


Habit 4: Think Win-Win®


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood®


Habit 6: Synergize®


Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®