We are a Leader in Me School

  • The Leader In Me is a process that helps develop the essential leadership and life skills that students need in order to thrive in the 21st century. By using Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, we have modeled and tailored these skills to the children and teachers in an educational setting. It teaches skills needed to be successful in a global society: personal leadership, initiative and self discipline, ability to work well with others, effective communication and listening skills and ability to solve complex problems and creative thinking skills.

    The 7 Habits are:

    1. Be Proactive
    2. Begin with the End in Mind
    3. Put First Things First
    4. Think Win-Win
    5. Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
    6. Synergize
    7. Sharpen the Saw

    It inspires greater self confidence with the belief that every child can be the leader of their own life.


History of Leader in Me

  • The first Leader in Me school started in 1999 when a struggling school in North Carolina, A.B. Combs Elementary, was asked to reinvent itself or be shut down. Their principal, Muriel Summers, asked parents and businesses what they wanted in their schools and the following themes were consistently heard from everyone that was asked 

    • Leadership
    • Accountability
    • Adaptability
    • Initiative and Self-direction
    • Cross-cultural Skills
    • Responsibility
    • Problem Solving
    • Communication
    • Creativity
    • Teamwork

    In her quest to reinvent her school, Muriel attended a 7 Habits conference and noticed how comprehensive the habits were to what she had learned from the parents and businesses. She took this idea back to her staff, and hence a leadership model was instituted in her building using the 7 Habits as the guiding principles. A.B. Combs was the #1 magnet school in the country in 2006 and has inspired hundreds of schools to replicate the leadership model with similar results. Watch the videos below to learn more about the Leader in Me.

  • "Leadership is communicating a person's worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it within themselves."
    ~ Stephen R. Covey

    "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."
    ~ Stephen R. Covey

    "Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy."
    ~Stephen R. Covey

    "Live out of your imagination, not your history."
    ~Stephen R. Covey

    "Be the change you want to see in the world."