Learn how Leader in Me elementary schools are addressing leadership and life skills, positive and supportive school cultures, unfinished learning, resilience, trauma-informed practices, self-directed learning, PBIS, and more.

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Educating the Whole Child

Establish a “whole-child” mindset with a belief that all students have genius, and everyone can be a leader.

Leader in Me provides elementary schools with a model and process that addresses common challenges that are unique to students during these formative years. Parents, educators, and school administrators are concerned with their child’s physical, mental, social, and economic well-being, all of which are factors that can contribute to or hinder academic success. Teachers, staff, and administrators at Leader in Me schools are empowered to provide support in all of these areas by creating a learning environment that addresses whole-child education with 5 Core Paradigms. These paradigms influence the behavior of staff, students, and their families.

5 Core Paradigms

Real Success Stories


Martin Petitjean

Building the whole child with a school culture that promotes positivity, instills lasting motivation, and creates leaders.


Philadelphia Schools

Transcending common challenges in education and creating a culture of leadership where students and teachers thrive and reach their full potential.


Two Sisters

When school environments value and educate, they empower students to overcome challenges that stand in the way of success in school and life.

Created by Educators, for Educators

Leader in Me was created by a small group of passionate educators and continues to be adopted and shaped by a global community.

After receiving community feedback to improve her failing school in 1999, A.B. Combs Elementary principal Muriel Summers integrated Baldridge quality tools, the 7 Habits, and several other educational best practices to create a leadership model for her students. Since implementing this leadership model, A.B. Combs has been named the #1 Magnet School in America—twice. Since then, Leader in Me has been implemented by thousands of schools worldwide and continues to evolve toward better, more transformative processes based on feedback from a global community of educators.

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Transform School Culture

Leader in Me is a framework that helps schools achieve results by influencing behaviors and paradigms.

More than just another program, Leader in Me serves as the foundational operating system that integrates seamlessly into each school’s unique priorities, initiatives, and culture. When implemented with excellence, Leader in Me redefines what it means to be a high-performing school in the 21st century. This new definition of school greatness is represented in three overlapping circles: leadership, culture, and academics.


Leader in Me shows the leadership we need to transform education is not outside our schools but within them and especially the students themselves.”

Sir Ken Robinson

International Advisor on Education and New York Times Best-Selling Author

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