The Leader In Me:

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The Leader in Me is an adaptation of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The Leader in Me is a whole school transformation process created for implementation into the K-12 education system. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.

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.

In the Raise the Bar cradle-to-career model, leadership skills are a foundational 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.

Many community partners are helping to put The Leader in Me in all Findlay-Hancock County Schools:

  • United Way of Hancock County
  • The Community Foundation
  • Findlay Rotary Club
  • Findlay City Schools
  • Arlington Local School District
  • Handbags That Help
  • The Marathon Classic

For more information on how to get involved with The Leader in Me, email Laurie Zydonik at or click here.