Habitudes For Athletes: Student Athlete Leadership Training


Habitudes for Athletes is a unique student athlete leadership training system specifically designed to encourage excellence in both their sport and life after school.

The system is based on the series of books entitled Habitudes®: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, written by Dr. Tim Elmore, President of Growing Leaders. Because of the universal values this series helps to impart, athletic programs across the world have used Habitudes as sports leadership books. Now these books have been transformed into a video-based training system that uses distinct images, conversations, and experiences to teach important life and sports leadership skills in an engaging, memorable way.

In short, Habitudes for Athletes helps you:

  • Transform a group of individual athletes into a unified force.
  • Create teams of student-athletes who build trust with each other and their coaches.
  • Create language to talk about real life issues in a safe and authentic way.
  • Build teams where every athlete thinks and acts like a leader.
  • Build athletes who make wise decisions that keep them in competition and out of trouble.

How It Works

Habitudes for Athletes has been molded into four unique video-based courses that coincide with an athlete’s natural maturation during their sports career.

Each course contains a variety of resources to help you implement a leadership training environment, including video sessions with Dr. Tim Elmore, in-depth Coach’s Guides that complement the video sessions and provide exercises and activities for practical application, and a Facilitator Training video that teaches you how to effectively conduct leadership training with your athletes.

The four unique courses in our athletic leadership program are:


The Art of Self-Leadership

In the first set of images from the system, student athletes learn how to lead themselves well by developing strong character, self-discipline, personal values, responsibility, initiative, self-esteem, time management, and a healthy support network.


The Art of Teamwork & Connecting with Teammates

Themes covered in the second series of images teach practical ways for athletes to develop strong relationships with their teammates, resolve conflict, and create a team culture.


The Art of Leading Others and Changing Team Culture

The third component of the program focuses on major leadership principles, including setting the vision for the team, setting goals, leading effective teams, handling criticism, and leveraging your influence to positively impact others on the team.


The Art of Navigating Transitions

Images from the fourth series are specifically designed to give student-athletes tools to navigate the critical junctions of life. This includes handling transitions that occur as part of their sport, as well as those in life after school. Click Here to Learn More!

HB-Course3-Credit Leadership Survey Course

In addition to this licensed curriculum designed for athletes, we also offer a three-credit leadership survey course, featuring 18 Habitudes from all four books. They provide a deeper level study and class discussion on leadership. The course includes a notebook of lesson plans, case studies, expanded in-depth material, robust syllabus, readings and assignments. The course is currently used both with student athletes as well as in business colleges, communication classes, freshman leadership courses and within leadership minors.


Want To Learn More?

For High Schools: Contact Tyler Yaken at (678) 369-7009 or Tyler@growingleaders.com to receive a free preview of the program or to get more information on booking an event.

For Colleges and Universities: Contact JT Thoms at (678) 359-6763 or JT@growingleaders.com to receive a free preview of the program or to get more information on booking an event.

A Few Words from our Partners:

New York Giants

University of Alabama

University of Oklahoma

University of Tennessee

From our friends at the Pac-12 Conference…

“Tim Elmore understands student athletes. He also understands what our role is in leading and shaping this next generation of leaders. A cultural shift is taking place, and we must be educated, aware and prepared for our role. Tim (and Growing Leaders) provides the insight we all need.”
Gene Smith · Vice President / Director of Athletics, The Ohio State University

“The research behind this program provides incredible insight for any young athlete.”
Joe Castiglione – Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletes, University of Oklahoma

“Habitudes for Athletes is creating unity between our coaches, our players and our front office staff to develop championship-caliber players, capable of making good decisions both on and off the field.”
Dayton Moore – General Manager, Kansas City Royals

“Thank you so much for your investment at VA Tech. We appreciate your tremendous work with our student-athletes, coaches, staff and faculty. Simply put, you helped us grow and become better as a department. I am grateful. I look forward to staying in touch!”
Whit Babcock, Director of Athletics, Virginia Tech

“I am extremely thankful to the Growing Leaders team for helping players see the world through pictures.  Access to these images and principles are incredibly valuable in the mental development of our teams. Our brains can now put a picture to real life situations and provide answers to be more successful. i highly recommend Habitudes and Growing Leaders to anyone interested in reaching maximum potential and success.”
Freddy Sandoval MM, MBTIc – Mental Skills Coach, Kansas City Royals

“It was such an honor to participate in the training you offer. Thank you for all of the valuable leadership and life skills you have taught me through the Habitudes. Growing Leaders is an amazing organization and has been such a blessing in my life.”
Mary Anne MacFarlane, Nationally Ranked NCAA Tennis Player

“I really appreciated the time we spent together last week when you visited us during spring training. We have already implemented some changes in the batting cage with the way we are presenting things to the players and have seen positive results in just two days!”
Billy Horton, Minor League Manager, San Francisco Giants

“Tim Elmore has incredible insights into the unique challenges of Generation iY and we’ve benefited from them tremendously.”
Kevin Almond – Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Alabama

“Habitudes for Athletes has been a breath of fresh air for our staff and student athletes. The images have sparked great conversations and experiences and given us a language for leadership.”
Jon Jaudon – Former Associate Athletic Director, Virginia Tech

“I am so grateful to have had the chance to use the Habitudes for Athletes programs with the student-athletes at Ball State University. Our goal was to engage a group of young student-athletes in discussions and activities to help them grow in their understanding of leadership and other important life skills. The Habitudes images gave us a platform to teach the lessons in a way that made sense and stuck with our students. The images helped open up conversations, and they continue to serve as reminders for the student-athletes to push themselves to be better students, teammates, community members and leaders. Thank you, Growing Leaders!”
Spencer J. Bonahoom – Athletic Administration Graduate Assistant, Ball State University Athletics 

“In recent years the institutions of higher education I’ve served have greatly benefited from the inclusion of Habitudes leadership materials as part of our leadership development initiatives for coaches and student-athletes alike. Indeed, engaging the predominant demographic of today’s college student is significantly enhanced through the use of images to teach leadership development. And, Growing Leaders comes alongside you to “coach” the coach providing a wealth of teaching tools and personal attention.”
Dr. Rick Brewer, President of Louisiana College & Former Athletic Director, Charleston Southern University

“As an NCAA III college who believes in the importance of both the academic and athletic experience for our student-athletes, Habitudes for Athletes has been the perfect fit to strengthen our efforts both inside and outside the athletic arena to develop student leaders. It has given coaches and players common language to use in holding one another accountable and developing the type of student-athletes who embrace the process of leadership development through the classroom of athletics. As our athletic program has grown, Habitudes has been a key tool in helping our student-athletes utilize the platform they have been given through sports to wield a positive impact on our campus and in our community.”
Josh Beers, Sr. Vice President of Student Experience, Lancaster Bible College

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