Habitudes: The Art of Self-Leadership

Leader Reader #1

Welcome to the first episode of Leader Reader the series were I review and highlight books I’ve read and explain how the ideas contained in those books relate to you, a student leader.

Habitudes: The Art of Self-Leadership by Dr. Tim Elmore


In this first episode we look at one of my favorite books, Habitudes by Dr. Tim Elmore. This book gives some of the best illustration of value based traits of a leader. Not only are these traits essential for a solid leadership foundation but they are very sticky images that are easily remembered.

The book contains 13 Habitudes. All thirteen are rock stars but here are two that relate directly to this months theme of growth.

The Starving Baker

This is a common hazard for leaders. We’re like the baker who spends so much time baking bread for others, we forget to eat ourselves. Leaders must feed themselves for personal growth.

Thermostat vs. Thermometer

People are either thermometers or thermostats. They will merely reflect the climate around them, or they will set it. Leaders develop values and principles to live by, and set the pace for others.

Each Habitude has a self assessment section see help you gauge your effectiveness in that area as well as excellent reflection questions to guide you in deeper study of the Habitude.


To grab your own copy of the book:

Habitudes Book #1: The Art of Self-Leadership (Habitudes: Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Values-Based)


Habitudes Giveaway – I want to giveaway a copy of this book to one of my readers. How do you qualify to get this book? You must take three actions.

1.) Leave a comment on this post below. Tell me what you think the most important character trait of a leader or share your thought on this book.

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The winner will be selected and notified next week when the next Leader Reader is posted.

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  • http://themYleprogram.org/ Simon Klebanow

    You ROCK and are making an important difference!

  • http://www.GrowingLeaders.com Tim Elmore

    Hi Nick. Thanks for recommending Habitudes!

  • http://www.NickPalkowski.com/ Nick Palkowski

    Thanks Simon. Glad you like the site.

  • http://www.NickPalkowski.com/ Nick Palkowski

    No problem. It’s an excellent book. One that has had a big impact on my life.

  • Eshan Bhatia

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