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Why Leader in Me?


Learn why so many schools and districts are using Leader in Me as a framework to fundamentally transform their classrooms – and their community.
Discover the 7 Paradigms for Learning Recovery
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See-Do-Get Cycle

A model that creates new paradigms, effective practices, and real results

Leader in Me is based on a theory of change known as the See-Do-Get Cycle. When you change the way you See things, it influences what you Do and the results you Get.



If you want small changes, work on your behavior; if you want quantum-leap changes, work on your paradigms.

-Stephen R. Covey

5 Core Paradigms to SEE Differently

Educators begin to see their role, student potential, and the purpose of school culture in a new way.

The Leader in Me experience begins with a whole new paradigm for education.Educators rediscover their passion through Leader in Me as it redirects their focus back to a deeper understanding of student achievement.

Everyone can be a leader

Not This: Leadership is for the few

Everyone has genius

Not This: A few people are gifted

Change starts with me

Not This: To improve schools, the system needs to change first

Educators empower students to lead their own learning

Not This: Educators control and direct student learning

Develop the whole person

Not This: Focus solely on academic achievement

A New Way to Define Leadership

Many people equate leadership with a formal position of authority. But we believe anyone can be a leader by intentionally leading one’s own life (leading self) and working well with and encouraging the greatness in others—whether family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues (leading others).


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What Leader in Me Schools DO

The Framework provides a unique approach to integrating highly effective practices throughout a school’s culture.

Instead of focusing on academic measures alone, Leader in Me embodies a holistic approach to education, redefining how schools measure success. This approach empowers educators with effective practices and tools to:

  • teach LEADERSHIP to every student,
  • create a CULTURE of student empowerment,
  • and align systems to drive results in ACADEMICS.

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Award-Winning Leadership Training for Students and Staff

Leader in Me exclusively incorporates some of the world’s most respected leadership content.

FranklinCovey is the world leader in helping organizations from all industries achieve a dramatic change in culture with award-winning content, tools, methodology, training, coaching, and best-selling books—all based on a foundation of timeless principles and proven practices.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®

The world’s most influential framework for personal and professional effectiveness.

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The 4 Disciplines
of Execution®

The ultimate formula for creating focus, accountability, and goal achievement in schools.

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GET Real Results

Ongoing empirical research from over 30 institutions reveal evidence of the significant impact Leader in Me can have in schools, creating the conditions to drive results in the following areas:





✓ Student Behavior ✓ Staff or Student
✓ Reading Proficiency
✓ Staff Social/Emotional
and Teaching Readiness
✓ Supportive School Environment ✓ Math Proficiency
✓ Student Leadership ✓ Student Engagement ✓ Teaching Efficacy
✓ Family Engagement ✓ Staff Satisfaction ✓ Student-Led Learning

ResearchTopics of Impact



CASEL-Endorsed Social-Emotional Learning Program

Enhance educational approaches by applying social-emotional learning.

The SEL curriculum by Leader in Me focuses on the personal and interpersonal leadership capacity of students, staff, and families. A heightened focus on SEL programs in school helps students understand the complexities facing the globally interconnected world.

As teachers implement the Leader in Me’s CASEL-endorsed SEL curriculum, these programs will help students develop competency in Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making. These social-emotional strategies will more directly impact how “People acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to:

  • Understand and manage emotions
  • Set and achieve positive goals
  • Feel and show empathy for others
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships

While today’s modern educational approaches focus heavily on academic performance, most miss the crucial social-emotional learning component. Only 48% of secondary students surveyed feel that what they learn in class helps them outside of school. Social-emotional learning bridges that gap, helping students develop other life skills they need to navigate the challenges of our growing interconnected workforce.

Combining formal education with Leader in Me’s SEL program will provide students with a learning curriculum focused on developing emotional skills as an integral part of formal education practices. Enroll your student in an SEL program like Leader in Me to give your student the training and knowledge necessary to fully develop social and emotional skills in all areas of life.

Schools and education leaders can enroll in Leader in Me today by enrolling online. Once enrolled in LiM, you will gain immediate access to our entire library of tools and resources, including our SEL curriculum. Working together with our SEL specialists, you can determine how you can best implement Leader in Me in your classroom. Learn more about social emotional learning.

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A Global Community

Leader in Me is in thousands of schools in over 50 countries around the globe.

These schools are united in a common vision and purpose to empower students to be leaders, equipped with the life-skills required to succeed in a global economy. They are breaking down barriers for student success, uniting cultures, and transforming their communities.

Global Impact

Implementing Leader in Me

Although universal in timeless principles and student achievement, each grade level addresses relevant objectives that are unique to the school environment.

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Elementary School

Establish a whole-child mindset with a belief that every child has genius and every student has the potential to become a leader.

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Middle School

Create an environment of social-emotional learning that helps every student build confidence and discover their true potential.

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High School

Create a culture led by students who are encouraged to find their voice and develop critical skills for college, career, and life.

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Experience Leader in Me

Learn how thousands of schools in over 80 countries worldwide are discovering answers to some of the most challenging issues educators face today.

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