What is the Leader in Me?

A process, not another program. It teaches 21st Century life skills to impact the future of our youth throughout Lowcountry.

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Why It Works

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® are part of everyday activities and lessons, giving youth tools for success now and the future.

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How to get Involved

Invest in our mission or volunteer at a school to help shake hands with children. These are all ways to  make a positive impact.

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Muriel Summers, principal at A.B. Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., talks about how The Leader in Me™ began 13 years ago. Summers was the keynote speaker for the March 2012 Chamber Coffee Hour, kicking off a local The Leader in Me effort. Summers, also, has been on-site with our schools as part of The Leader in Me™ training and implementation.
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Student Success in the 21st Century

Leader in Me helps schools create well-rounded learners by developing the whole-person and preparing students to become life-ready leaders.

Leader in Me unites students, staff, and families around a common goal to prepare students with college, career, and life-readiness skills that are necessary to thrive in today’s ever-changing, fast-paced environment, like:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Self-Discipline
  • Vision
  • Initiative
  • Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Goal Achievement
  • Public Speaking
  • Global Awareness
  • Social and Emotional Awareness
  • Teamwork
  • Listening Skills
  • Time Management
  • Leading Projects
  • Self-Directed Learning
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Problem Solving

How is The Leader in Me implemented in a school?

Leader in Me is implemented as follows:

  • School staff identify a new vision of the outcomes they want for their school (e.g., decreasing discipline referrals).
  • School staff learn Leader in Me principles and tools and begin incorporating the leadership principles in their work and relationships (e.g., learning how to work more cooperatively with each other).
  • School staff model the behaviors to their students.
  • Teachers are taught how to incorporate the leadership principles and tools into school culture and curricula.
  • Key elements of the leadership model are implemented into the school, including:
    • Teaching students how to set, track, and achieve their goals in a Leadership Notebook.
    • Reinventing the physical environment to reinforce the vision and outcomes for the school (banners, signs, murals).
    • Holding Student-Led Conferences, which are similar to parent-teacher conferences, but with the students taking ownership for their learning and leading these conferences.
    • Giving each student a leadership role within the school.
    • Holding student-led Leadership Events.
    • Using a common language of leadership.
  • Parents also play an important role in supporting their children in the process.
  • School staff, students, and parents utilize a number of resources (lesson plans, videos, student activity guides, Teacher Editions, posters, books, and Leader in Me Online) to help them implement and reinforce the process.
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If you want small changes, work on your behavior; if you want quantum-leap changes, work on your paradigms. – Stephen R. Covey