Helping Students Develop Leadership Skills

Resilience, initiative, commitment, and emotional security are just some of the necessary leadership skills students need to succeed both in and out of school. Unfortunately, many students aren’t developing them today. What if there was a straightforward way to teach students these essential leadership skills? That’s why we designed one of the Habitudes courses – Habitudes for Building Student Leaders – to be used as a leadership curriculum for today’s students.

Practical Lesson Plans

We believe all students have the capacity to become authentic leaders and rise to the challenges the emerging generation will face. A great place to start developing these critical leadership skills is within middle and high school students already exhibiting an interest in leadership, like those in student government, student ambassadors, and other leadership clubs.

Habitudes isn’t just another high school leadership program. Grounded in extensive research, our courses utilize language, images and stories specifically designed to resonate with today’s emerging generation, teaching life skills and leadership characteristics in a fresh, engaging way.

Habitudes for Building Student Leaders helps middle and high school students:

  • Give feedback to people in a way that builds up both the individual and the whole team
  • Embrace empathy towards others allowing the ability to listen and seek to understand before committing to an action
  • Lead others through mistakes and allow a team to learn and grow
  • Reduce anxiety by correctly understanding what is within their control, within their influence and what is out of their control

Habitudes Case Study: Hart County High School

Watch how Habitudes has been used as a leadership curriculum and helped one school invest in their students.

How Schools Have Used Habitudes as a
Leadership Curriculum

Habitudes has been used in a variety of settings across 8,000 schools and organizations. Each lesson can be taught in as little as 20 minutes. The most popular uses for middle and high schools include:

  • Advisement or Homeroom Period
  • Freshmen courses and programs
  • After-school programs
  • Senior capstone courses

What’s Included in Habitudes

Our leadership curriculum includes access to the following teaching resources:

Flexible Lesson Plans

Teaching Videos

Slide Decks

Group Learning Activities


Student Worksheet Journals

What Topics Are Covered

Habitudes for Building Student Leaders covers timeless topics such as:


Results Schools Have Seen While Using Habitudes

The following results have been reported by schools who have used Habitudes:

300% Increase in Student Leadership Team

45% increase in community service hours per students

400% increase in student-initiated clubs

11% decrease in disciplinary incidents

60% decrease in fights

Explore Other Habitudes Programs

Growing Leaders offers multiple specialized programs for teaching middle and high school students valuable life skills. The practical lesson plans of our character education program teach character development in a way that is relevant and engaging for today’s students. Our social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum offers more specific guidance for teaching social and emotional skills. When graduation approaches, use our college and career lesson plans to equip young adults for the transition by developing critical skills like resilience and problem-solving.