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Character Education Program

Rather than reducing character education to simple platitudes or drawing it out in extensive lectures, Habitudes: The Art of Self-Leadership teaches character development in a way that is fresh, relevant and engaging for today’s young adults.

Practical Character Education Lessons

The Art of Self-Leadership uses memorable imagery, real-life stories and practical experiences to instill long-lasting character qualities in students, such as integrity, emotional security, self-discipline, determination, and initiative. The research-based approach to this flexible, proven character education curriculum empowers young adults to choose the core values of their lives and spark change in their school’s culture.

Students across the world have used our character development program to better themselves and educators have found that Habitudes creates margin in their busy day when used in advisement periods, character education classes and academic classes.

Our Character Education Curriculum Helps Middle and High School Students:

  • Develop habits of self-discipline and initiative
  • Implement time management skills to do what really counts
  • Plan for personal growth outside the classroom
  • Identify their unique strengths and passions for a healthy self-image
  • Build strong character based on integrity and emotional security
  • Choose their own core values
  • And many more self-leadership habits

How It Works

Each Habitude image introduces young adults to powerful leadership 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 the leadership habits and attitudes that are essential to character development.

This simple approach, outlined below, stems from our research-based principle that people learn better through circles of image-based learning and discussion than by simply sitting and listening in rows.


"We believe in creating a culture of growth, character, and knowledge, and we believe our students can own their own character. We are in the process of minimizing external behavior controls over students and maximizing the student’s decision-making ability through good strong character traits that they would reference prior to making decisions and actions. Habitudes is helping us accomplish this."

Sheila Grimes

Principal, Freedom Middle School

Habitudes for Career Ready Students is an excellent tool that supports our teachers as they help students master the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards. Our teachers say that the resources have challenged their students, equipped them to think more critically, and truly helped them understand the key competencies behind the Nebraska Career Readiness Standards.

Dr. Cory Epler

Deputy State Director of Career Education for the Nebraska Department of Education

The work of Tim Elmore and the Growing Leaders team is having a very profound impact on our school. Tim’s book Generation iY has been a foundational read for our faculty and staff. We use the Habitudes curriculum on a regular basis and the images have already gained a foothold as an integral part of our work with our students.

Steve Helmich

President– Cathedral High School– Indianapolis, IN

As a former captain of the University of Alabama women’s tennis team, my training in Habitudes proved valuable in leading the team to a Top-10 ranking in 2012. The principles I learned extended far beyond student leadership and set me up for success in my life after tennis.

Courtney McLane

Academic All-American– University of Alabama

Habitudes is the best program for first year students and beyond. It is a tool that encourages and teaches deeper thinking and dialogue. You can’t go wrong if you want to serve your students with the most cutting-edge, researched, and student-savvy program I’ve seen anywhere. Using Habitudes revitalized my teaching and led to a greater understanding of the students we face in the classroom.

Sharon Taylor

Professor– Saint Martin's University

The Career Ready Practices, upon which this book is based, articulate essential skills and practices that all students need to cultivate, apply and grow as they progress through their education and career pathways. These practices form the foundation for how students learn and work. They require and reflect a commitment to lifelong learning and adaptability. Together with academic and technical skills and knowledge, Career Ready Practices will help more students find success and secure a fulfilling, living-wage career.

Kimberly Green

Executive Director, NASDCTEc

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Book #1 in the leadership journey — The Art of Self-Leadership — uses the power of images, conversations, and experiences to illustrate thirteen key principles on healthy character.