What Is Habitudes®?

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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.

Snapchat, Instagram, Emojis… this is how today’s young adults communicate-through images. What if there was a simple way to leverage their language to equip them with the leadership and life skills they need to succeed in school and life?

That’s why we created Habitudes. Grounded in established research, Habitudes is an image-based leadership development curriculum that empowers educators, coaches, parents and adult leaders to prepare any student to become a leader. Using stories, images and experiences, Habitudes teaches young adults valuable perspectives and leadership habits, helping them:

  • 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

The work of Tim Elmore, and the Growing Leaders team is having a very profound impact on our school. 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 at Cathedral High School

We are seeing students from all demographics, engage in the Habitudes lessons, and having conversations on how to prepare for their life ahead of them.

Billy Richardson, Assistant Principal at Kennesaw Mountain High School


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

Sharon Taylor, Saint Martins University

I encourage schools, and school districts to partner with Growing Leaders to help both educators and students to enhance their leadership skills. They have inspired our teacher-leaders, applying the Habitudes to R. everyday classroom situation's.

Dr. Diane Ray, Professional Association Of Georgia Educators

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 at Wake Forest University

One of the biggest things that habitudes has helped with is preparing our students to be a career and college ready upon graduation. Habitude helped each student become a better person and have a big picture perspective

Jason Lane, Principal Of Mill Creek High School

Habitudes has it all. It has the implementation of why were doing this and the why behind 'you should have integrity'. We have found something that the kids are hooked on immediately.

Julie Diaz, Principal Of Travis High School

Thank you so much for your investment at Virginia Tech. We appreciate your tremendous work with our student athletes, coaches, staff, and faculty. Simply put you have helped us grow and become better as a department.

Whit Babcock, Athletic Director At Virginia Tech

No one teaches leadership better than Tim Elmore. The Habitudes are an outstanding way to teach and learn leadership. I recommend Tim as a teacher and a mentor, and I recommend Habitudes to anyone.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, Founder of Injoy Group & EQUIP, Author of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leaderships"

How Habitudes Works

The Habitudes leadership curriculum, including our online resources and 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.

Habitudes helps educators, coaches, parents, and leaders:

  • Get time back to focus on what they love and enjoy about their job.
  • Inspire students to take ownership of their own work.
  • Make a lasting impact on the lives of the next generation.
  • Easily have real-life conversations with teens and young adult.

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