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High School Leadership Curriculum

When used consistently, Growing Leaders’ Habitudes series can radically change not only individual students, but the school's overall culture.


We believe all students have the capacity 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.

School administrators can choose Habitudes curriculum pieces that will be most effective for the atmosphere and goals of each group, or for the school as a whole. Typically, our first four Habitudes courses work well as a four-year leadership curriculum in high schools and middle schools. Schools or leadership clubs with specific segments of students in mind can choose to incorporate other Habitudes courses, like Habitudes: The Art of Navigating Transitions and Habitudes: The Art of Communicating with Others.

How It Works

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.

Our Leadership Curriculum Helps Middle and High School Students:

  • Build character based on emotional security
  • Handle criticism and learn to use feedback for personal improvement
  • Become a better model of healthy leadership by increasing self-awareness
  • Turn their core values into actions that inspire peers to follow


"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.