The Leader in Me®

The Leader in Me®

A whole-school transformation process.

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Using Best-Practices and Universal Principles

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model and process developed in partnership with educators that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on principles and practices of personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness, and upon the powerful premise that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader.

The Leader in Me helps students learn how to become self-reliant, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritize their time, manage their emotions, be considerate of others, express their viewpoint persuasively, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions, value differences, and live a balanced life. The process helps students develop the skills and self-confidence they need to lead their lives and succeed in school and beyond.



The Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders.

The Leader in Me includes training on establishing a vision for the school, goal setting, data tracking, and personal accountability systems and is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. The Leader in Me provides a logical, sequential, and balanced process to help schools proactively design a culture that reflects their vision of their ideal school.

The Leader in Me differs from other whole-school transformation processes in that it offers a holistic, schoolwide experience for staff, students, and parents, and creates a common language and culture within the school. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum but instead are incorporated into coursework, traditions, systems, and culture.



FranklinCovey’s whole-school transformation process for middle schools is called LEAD.

Based on the same leadership principles and tools of The Leader in Me, it customizes the process for middle schools staff, teachers, and students.

The Leader in Me and LEAD both seek to:

Create a culture of trust and caring.

Empower students to lead their own lives, and make a difference with others.

Provide students tools to better achieve goals.

Develop student voice.


LEAD is being implemented in middle schools across North America. In some cases, Leader in Me schools feed into these middle schools, and in other cases LEAD is the students’ first exposure to leadership development.