College, Career, and Life Readiness

Create a social-emotional environment that helps every middle school student build confidence and discover their true potential.

During the middle school years, students begin to go through a self-discovery phase of life as they learn to develop relationships with peers and make responsible decisions. Leader in Me Schools establish a culture of social-emotional learning that helps every middle school student build self-confidence and discover their true potential. Staff members at Leader in Me helps staff create an uplifting and empowering environment that addresses social-emotional learning by developing 21st century skills found in the Student Leadership Portrait.

Student Leadership Portrait 

LaSalle Springs

LaSalle Springs

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

Created by Educators, for Educators

Leader in Me continues to evolve and improve based on feedback from a global community of educators dedicated to unleashing human potential.

After receiving community feedback to improve her failing school in 1999, Muriel Summers, principal of A.B. Combs, integrated Baldridge quality tools, the 7 Habits, and several other educational best practices to implement a leadership model. Within a few years, A.B. Combs was named the #1 Magnet School in America twice. Thanks to the success fo A.B. Combs and other schools, Leader in Me has become a model and process that continues to improve based on feedback from educators throughout the world and the evolving needs in education today.

Our Story

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.

What is Leader in MeTopics of Impact

Student Development

Students find their voice in the classroom and through school leadership roles by learning and applying life-ready leadership skills.

Teens during middle school and junior high years begin laying the foundation for success in high school. In addition to establishing self-directed learning, students benefit from Leader in Me principles that develop skills like conflict resolution with peers, leadership roles on action teams at school, and public speaking opportunities at events.

Student Development Student LEAD Journals

Leader in Me is the ideal blueprint for every school to change the world through education.

– Erin Gruwell, Founder of the Freedom Writers

Staff Development

Both administrators and staff participate in training workshops for personal improvement and professional learning opportunities.

Administrators, teachers, and other supporting staff members need opportunities for meaningful professional development to impact students. Leader in Me focuses on helping staff build character, explore new paradigms, and develop highly effective practices based on timeless principles.

Staff Development

Family Development

Training workshops and other resources are available to help parents or guardians develop life-ready leadership skills at home.

Families work with Leader in Me Schools to ensure teens are challenged with additional responsibilities to develop greater collaboration others, work ethic, and a goal-centric mindset. During middle school, teens continue tracking academic performance, accepting leadership roles at school, and Begin With the End in Mind® as they prepare for college, career, and life-readiness.

Family Development

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Become a Leader in Me School

Schools begin Leader in Me implementation with the annual membership license and installation process that provides training, coaching, and access to online resources.

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