Leader In Me

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The Leader in Me is an innovative program that teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the principle that every child can be a leader. Based around Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the Leader in Me is being implemented into Findlay-Hancock County schools to serve as a foundation for building soft skills. Examples of some of the soft skills being taught through the Leader In Me include leadership, responsibility, accountability, problem solving, adaptability, and teamwork.

The Leader in Me is also aligned to many national and state academic standards. The process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups.

In the Findlay-Hancock County business community, there is a continual and growing need for development of soft skills in the workforce. These skills serve as a foundation for building an empowered individual, equipping them with tools to overcome challenges and adversity as they develop emotionally and academically. The Leader in Me provides a platform where students learn and live the 7 Habits first at school, then at home and in their daily activities.

“The 7 habits mean to me to always do your best because the 7 habits are trying to help you be a better person in life. For example, Begin with the end in mind. It means to think about something before you do it. That’s good for me one time. I was spending my money and I thought how much I could spend in all because I had to think before I did it.” -Emma, 4th grader, Bigelow Hill

In the Raise the Bar cradle-to-career model, leadership skills are a pillar in the long-term growth of our workforce. Community collaborations including the CommunityREAD program, presentations by Muriel Summers and Sean Covey, and community-wide book studies have helped to bring this culture into the community. Currently there are 10 schools in various implementation stages of The Leader in Me with a goal to be fully implemented (county-wide) by 2025.

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Funding Partners:


Raise the Bar Collaborators: Findlay City Schools, Hancock County Schools, United Way, The Community Foundation, Handbags that Help, Marathon Classic, Whirlpool, Findlay Rotary, Marathon Center for Performing Arts, Owens Community College, and Raise the Bar K-5 Committee!


  • https://www.theleaderinme.org/what-is-the-leader-in-me