JAKAPA’s Soft Skills align with the Leader in Me program

JAKAPA's soft skill program aligns very well with Leader in Me and can be used to reinforce and support habit development!
JAKAPA's soft skill program aligns very well with Leader in Me and can be used to reinforce and support habit development!

JAKAPA's soft skills as a vertical alignment with Leader in Me

Many schools use Leader in Me by FranklinCovey as a youth development and leadership tool. The program is especially immersive in elementary school, but by the time students arrive to high school, the program is more about supporting structures that provide opportunities for students to apply the leadership and personal skills they gain through the earlier program. 

JAKAPA can be a highly valuable tool to provide vertical alignment with Leader in Me concepts in high school. 

JAKAPA and Leader in Me Crosswalk

Below outlines the crosswalk of how our skills align with Leader in Me components. We can be a highly effective assessment and teaching tool to continue to develop the underlying skill set needed for success in school, work and life. 


We can also serve as an impact measure to help districts understand the impact of their investment in Leader in Me throughout a child’s earlier education.

Here are some more ideas on how to use JAKAPA to support and reinforce the Leader in Me program!

Habit from Leader in Me

Description of Habit

JAKAPA skills that impact habit development

Be proactive

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my actions. I make good, responsible choices without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Independence, Responsibility Management, Optimism, Confidence Regulation, Self-Reflection, Anger management, Decision-making, Ethical capacity, Adaptability, Impulse Regulation

Begin with the end in mind

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.

Goal regulation, Time management, Task management, Cultural competence, Perspective taking, Teamwork, Social warmth, Capacity for trust, Ethical capacity

Put First Things First

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.

Decision Making, Task Management, Organization, Detail Management, Rule Following, Ethical capacity, Time management, Responsibility management

Think Win-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.

Perspective taking, Cultural competence, Conversational skills, Social warmth, Capacity for trust, Abstract thinking, Problem-solving, Leadership, Expressive communication, Persuasive communication, Anger management, Adaptability, Optimism, Teamwork

Seek first to understand then to be understood

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.

Social warmth, Perspective Taking, Cultural competence, Conversational skills, Expressive skills, Capacity for trust, Information processing, Self-reflection, Abstract thinking, Adaptability


I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than 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.

Conversational skills, Expressive skills, Cultural competence, Perspective taking, Teamwork, Anger management, Adaptability, Impulse regulation, Confidence regulation, Decision-making

Sharpen the Saw

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.

Stress regulation, Optimism, Anger management, Impulse regulation, Social warmth, Perspective taking, Teamwork, Capacity for trust, Ethical capacity, Creativity, Time management, Responsibility management, Conversational skills, Social warmth, Energy regulation

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"My JAKAPA demo quickly helped me understand how easy it would be to implement THE JAKAPA soft skill solution IN My school."
—Missouri Educator

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