Embrace Your Leadership Potential

Millions of students at Leader in Me Schools are learning to embrace their leadership potential. The Student Leadership Portraitâ„¢ outlines the specific skills and competencies student leaders are developing at Leader in Me Schools in order to thrive in the 21st century. The model has four broad categories, with four competencies per category, all of which help students learn to lead themselves and others.

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Lead Others


4ER: Modeling/Inspire Trust

  • Positive Intent
  • Integrity
  • Capability

The ability to model high character and competence in a way that builds trust and inspires confidence.

4ER: Pathfinding/Creating Vision

  • Clarifying Vision
  • Strategic Planning
  • Inspiring Action

The ability to work with others to develop and communicate a compelling vision and actionable plan.

4ER: Aligning/Execute Strategy

  • Organizing People
  • Building Systems
  • Executing Plans

The ability to organize people, resources, and systems to successfully execute a plan.

4ER: Empowering/ Coach Potential

  • Affirming
  • Delegating
  • Supporting

The ability to encourage others to use their gifts and talents to contribute to the team’s purpose.

Lead Self


Find Your Voice

  • Self-Awareness
  • Passion Cultivation
  • Self-Advocacy

The ability to identify one’s talents and areas of passion and the determination to develop them.

4 Disciplines of Execution

  • Focus
  • Data Tracking
  • Accountability

The ability to set a focused goal, identify the steps to take, track progress, and accomplish the desired outcome.

7H Paradigms + Habit 8

  • Conscience
  • Global Awareness
  • Community Engagement

The awareness and ability to connect one’s unique talents and strengths to a need in the world and take principled action that creates positive change.

Habits 7 & 8

  • Curiosity
  • Perseverance
  • Balanced Renewal

The commitment to consistently seek new knowledge and skills while maintaining personal wellness and balance.

Interpersonal Effectiveness


Habit 4: Think Win-Win

  • Abundance Mindset
  • Courage
  • Consideration

The ability to develop relationships through consistent interactions that build trust and balance one’s personal needs with the needs of others.

Habit 5: Seek First toUnderstand, then to be Understood

  • Understanding
  • Humility
  • Respect

The ability to understand and respect another person’s thoughts and feelings with the intent to see their perspective.

Habit 5: Seek first to Understand, then to be Understood

  • Listening
  • Clarity
  • Presenting

The ability to reach mutual understanding through the clear exchange of information.

Habit 6: Synergy

  • Valuing Differences
  • Creative Cooperation
  • Resolving Conflicts

The ability to work together in a way that draws on everyone’s unique strengths and ideas in order to find the best solution.

Personal Effectiveness


Habit 1: Be Proactive

  • Initiative
  • Emotion Management
  • Responsibility

The ability to use self-awareness of thoughts and emotions to increase responsibility for one’s actions.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

  • Values Clarification
  • Planning Ahead
  • Goal Setting

The ability to imagine a meaningful future outcome and create a plan to get there.

Habit 3: Put First Things First

  • Prioritization
  • Discipline
  • Adaptability

The ability to plan and prioritize one’s time based on goals and values, and show the discipline to follow through.

Empowered Learning Approach

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Problem Solving

The ability to evaluate information, generate creative ideas, solve complex problems, and lead one’s learning.

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