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Habitudes®: Leadership Curriculum & Lesson Plans

Habitudes by Tim Elmore combines images, relatable stories, and experiences into leadership development curriculum and lesson plans that resonate with today’s young adults, equipping them to navigate through life’s challenges and opportunities.

Habitudes Program Overview

Every person is faced with unique obstacles and possibilities throughout his or her life. What makes someone a leader is how they manage them and leverage those experiences to positively influence others. The emerging generation often lacks this crucial life skill, but we believe they have the ability to learn it. How? They need you, the adults in their life who care and are willing, to teach them. The Habitudes student leadership curriculum and youth leadership curriculum makes this process simple. Each aspect of our leadership training curriculum helps students develop vital leadership habits.

How the Habitudes System Works

The Habitudes leadership curriculum, including our series of Habitudes books, uses image-based learning to help instill important leadership habits in young adults. Each image introduces young adults to powerful leadership habits and principles rooted in real life, sparking conversations with facilitators that lead to memorable experiences. These unique and transformative encounters are a part of an ongoing process that builds leadership habits and attitudes.

Our approach to leadership training and development curriculum, outlined below, stems from the research-based principle that people learn better when they are engaged in circles of image-based discussion than by simply sitting and listening in rows.

Grounded in established research, the Habitudes system is a leadership development curriculum that empowers educators and adult leaders to prepare any student to become a leader – whether shy or outgoing, task-oriented or free-spirited, straight-As or straight-Cs. Using stories, images and experiences that speak their language, we teach young adults valuable perspectives and leadership habits, helping them:

  • Break out of the herd mentality to influence others in positive ways.
  • Take initiative and set the pace for other team members
  • Overcome complex problems through creative persistence
  • Capitalize on personal strengths to be career-ready upon graduation.
  • Develop critical thinking skills that produce better life choices, such as choosing healthy friends, improving study habits, and setting meaningful goals.

The Habitudes Process follows the D.I.C.E. model by introducing:



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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

Leadership Expert and New York Times Best-Selling Author

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

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 encourage schools and school districts to partner with Dr. Tim Elmore and Growing Leaders to help both educators and students to enhance their leadership skills. They have inspired our teacher-leaders, applying the 'Habitudes' to our every day classroom situations.

Dr. Diane Ray

Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Habitudes is the most excellent program for first year students and beyond. It is a program that encourages and teaches deeper thinking and dialog.

Sharon Taylor

Saint Martin's University