Discovering Leader in Me Student Leadership Guides

Join students in learning, teaching, and applying the leadership principles found in this K–6 Leadership Series!

Thirty-eight lessons are covered in each level, featuring:

  • An emphasis on leadership skills such as decision making, problem solving, public speaking, critical thinking, creative thinking, and more.
  • A direct teaching of key concepts associated with the 7 Habits.
  • A gradual release of content, moving from “I do it,” to “We do it,” to “You do it.”
  • Links to videos, handouts, and supplemental stories at Leader in Me Online.

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7 Habits Training for Kids

7 Habits training is a critical part of Leader in Me implementation for staff and the Student Leadership Guides are equally important for students.

The series teaches students the same essential principles teachers learn in 7 Habits training and more! Each level addresses key leadership concepts throughout the year to help every student engage and participate in the school’s leadership culture.

The 7 Habits key concepts can be integrated into just about any subject or activity in the school. This learning can occur at any time or anywhere—during class lessons, assemblies, morning announcements, family nights, etc. The school’s leadership culture is enhanced as leadership principles are woven into lessons, activities, and everyday interactions.

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Designed by Teachers, for Teachers

Central to the instructional design is student engagement and interaction.

Each lesson has been designed by teachers, for teachers. Group discussions, individual reflections, kinesthetic activities, online learning tools, differentiation options, formative assessments, and home connections combine to provide an engaging learning experience for students suitable to a variety of learning styles.

Student Development

Develop life-ready students by integrating the 7 Habits and 4DX.

Leader in Me provides schools with a model to foster life-ready leadership skills throughout a leadership culture. Learn how Leader in Me helps schools develop students.

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Illustrated Leadership Stories

Teachers can help students deepen their understanding of various leadership principles using more than 50 illustrated stories found in Leader in Me Online.

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How the Lessons are Organized

Each level of the series covers 38 key leadership concepts in an age-appropriate manner organized by Leading Self, Leading Others, and More Ways to Lead.

Teaching the lessons during two consecutive grade levels is necessary to cover all concepts outlined below. As students become increasingly able to understand and apply the leadership principles, they have an opportunity to grow with the content in a six-year scaffold plan. The lessons are flexible and teachers can follow a weekly schedule or choose lessons based on the present needs of students.


Leading Self

Kindergarten and Levels 2, 4, and 6

Take Initiative
Choose Your Weather
Stop and Think
Circle of Control
Set Goals
Make a Plan
Saying No to Less Important Things
Roles and Goals

Levels 1, 3, and 5

Proactive Language
Be Responsible
Transition Person
Personal Mission
Think Ahead
Clear Expectations
Consider Consequences Plan Weekly
Big Rocks
Quadrant 2 Living

Leading Others

Kindergarten and Levels 2, 4, and 6

Win-Win or No Deal
Emotional Bank Accounts
Courage and Consideration
Seek First to Understand
Listen with Eyes, Ears, and Heart
Public Speaking
Celebrate Differences

Levels 1, 3, and 5

Interdependent Living
Abundance Mentality
Win-Win Solutions
Emotional Bank
“I” Messages
Attentive Listening
Don’t Prejudge Others
Barriers to Synergy
Optimizing Strengths
3rd Alternatives

More Ways to Lead

Kindergarten and Levels 2, 4, and 6

Hard Work
Be a Model
Quality Work
Helping Others Lead

Levels 1, 3, and 5

Find Your Voice
Problem Solving
Global Awareness
Critical Thinking
Public Speaking
Interviewing Skills

Leader in Me Online Videos

Teachers can enhance classroom discussion and teach leadership principles by sharing the more than 50 award-winning videos found in Leader in Me Online, including the exclusive 7 Habits for Happy Kids cartoon series.

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Ordering Student Leadership Guides

Student Leadership Guides are only available to licensed Leader in Me Schools through Annual Membership.

Schools can visit Leader in Me Online to access digital versions of both student and teacher materials, or purchase a printed copies through a local FranklinCovey representative.

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