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What is

Leader in Me is an evidence-based, comprehensive model that builds leadership and life skills in students, creates a high-trust school culture, and lays the foundation for sustained academic achievement. Our mission is to unleash the greatness in students, educators, and school communities everywhere using the principles of Stephen Covey's, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People model.

Leader In Me Research-Driven Data

The 8 Habits

Based on Stephen Covey's, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People model

Habit 1

Be Proactive

You're in Charge: I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2

Begin With the End in Mind

Have a Plan: I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3

Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play: I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4

Think Win-Win

Everyone Can Win: I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.

Habit 5

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Listen Before You Talk: I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6


Together Is Better: I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit 7

Sharpen the Saw

Balance Feels Best: I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

Habit 8

Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs

Make Your Great Contribution: People who have found their voice focus on expanding their circle of influence, being trustworthy, building trust, blending the voices of others, and creating a common vision.  They align goals and systems and empower others. Great achievers express their voice by developing their vision, discipline, passion, and conscience.  They recognize, respect and create meaningful opportunities for others to express their voices.

Leader In Me's
impact on KCDS

Leader In Me is statistically proven to be phenomenally beneficial for students.  It teaches ownership of learning and personal choices, time-management, teamwork and cooperation, growth mindset, and that each child is in the driver’s seat of his or her own life.  The positive impact this has had on our kids is undeniable.  

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