Founder and President of Growing Leaders


Dr. Tim Elmore is a leading authority on how to understand the next generation and prepare tomorrow’s leaders today. He is a best-selling author, international speaker, and president of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that helps develop emerging leaders under the philosophy that each child is born with leadership qualities.

Tim and his team provide public schools, universities, civic organizations, and corporations with resources that foster the growth of young leaders who can transform society. For over 30 years, he has taught leadership through the power of images and stories that enables young adults to influence others in a positive way. Tim is dedicated to helping:

  • Create students who take initiative to improve their school’s culture.
  • Enable teachers and parents to understand why today’s teens actthe way they do.
  • Correct crippling parenting styles and disengaging teaching styles.
  • Gain the attention of a younger generation so that they listen.
  • Equip students to think and act like authentic leaders.
  • Guide unprepared adolescents toward productive adulthood.

Tim believes that “every kid can be a leader, because leadership is about influence.” He trains high school and college students with skills to serve at school, work, home, and the community. Since founding Growing Leaders, he has spoken to more than 350,000 students and staff on hundreds of campuses across the country, including Stanford University, Duke University, Purdue, Auburn University, University of North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Baylor University. Tim has also taught courses on leadership and mentoring at nine universities and graduate schools across the U.S. and provided leadership training and resources for the National FFA Organization and major athletic programs, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Texas, Virginia Tech and the San Francisco Giants.

Tim’s Teaching

  • Every student can be a leader, because the true definition of leadership is the ability to influence.
  • The point of leadership is to equip our young people to do things without help.
  • Leadership can be spotted and cultivated in students as early as elementary school.
  • Good parenting and teaching is a balancing act between being responsiveand demanding.
  • Over-parenting can do more damage than under-parenting.
  • Talent and giftedness do not equal success for today’s students.
  • Today’s culture devalues masculinity, which can stifle a young man’smaturation process.
  • You can motivate the younger generation by equipping them more than entertaining them.

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders today means equipping young people to do things without help, which translates into well-balanced adults and successful professionals at work. In this vein, Tim has taught leadership courses at corporations, such as Cox Communications, The Home Depot, American Eagle Outfitters, Chick-fil-A, and the Atlanta Braves. He is committed to developing young leaders on every continent and spoken in over 40 countries, including Russia, China, and India.

Tim has written more than 25 books, including the best-selling,  Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes®, Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, Life Giving Mentors, and Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child. His sought-after parenting expertise includes insightful blog articles, such as “3 Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids and How to Correct Them,” which went viral on Facebook and received over 600,000 shares.

Tim’s expertise on emerging generations and generational diversity in the workplace has led to media coverage in The Wall Street Journal,, Investor’s Business Daily, Huffington Post,, The Washington Post,, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, and Tim has appeared on CNN’s Headline News and FOX & Friends discussing parenting trends and advice. Most recently, Tim has become a regular contributor on Huffington Post.

Tim lives in Atlanta with his wife, Pam, and their two children, Bethany and Jonathan.


“Tim Elmore has served on my staff since 1983 and has worked with students even longer. He is able to help you wrap your arms around the subject of leadership. No one teaches leadership better than Tim Elmore. I recommend him as a teacher and a mentor.”

Dr. John C. Maxwell

Founder of Injoy Group & EQUIP

Author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

“Tim Elmore is a great communicator. His material is relevant and helpful. I enjoyed his leadership teaching so much, I asked him to teach our entire staff.”

Andy Stanley

Founder & Senior Pastor – North Point Community Church 

“As a university dean, I believe anyone who cares about the future of this generation should digest the materials from Tim Elmore and Growing Leaders. He understands what students need and how to deliver it in a relevant fashion.”

Mary Gerardy

Dean – Wake Forest University


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