In 1999, a struggling school in North Carolina, A.B. Combs Elementary, was asked to reinvent itself or be shut down. 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


Ms. Summers then 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.


Welcome to A.B. Combs


The Worth of a Child