Having a strong desire and determination to succeed.
Why do you think ambition is an important ingredient of leadership?
Able to stand up for one’s self and speak one's mind.
Who is the most assertive member of your family? Do you like when they are assertive, or if it’s you, do you like being assertive?
Dedicated to a certain course of action.
Have you ever felt committed to a cause or endeavor? What made you feel this way?
Feeling sympathy for and a desire to help someone in need.
Can you think of a person or animal that you have felt compassion for? See if you can recall that feeling now.
Having the skill or ability to do something well.
Are you competent in something you do? Do you aspire (hope) to be?
Working well with others toward a common goal.
Do you think you are cooperative? How does it affect the person or people with whom you are not cooperative.
Do you admire someone you know for their courageousness? How do you know they are courageous? How does it show?
Finding fault with something.
When is being critical a useful “quality?”
Able to make choices quickly and easily.
Why do you think good leaders need to be decisive? What do you think helps someone be decisive?
Do you think you are dependable? Why or why not? Is it hard to be dependable?
Able to follow rules or a code of behavior.
Is it hard for you to be disciplined? Why or why not?
Showing intense enjoyment, interest or approval.
Are you enthusiastic about things? What gets you enthusiastic? Why do you think some people are more enthusiastic than others?
We’ve all had a time when we felt a friend, classmate, or family member wasn’t being fair. How did this make you feel? Why is being fair in relationships important?
Showing kindness or a readiness to give to others.
Think of someone you know who is generous. How does it make you feel when you are treated with generosity?
Why is honesty an important trait in a leader?
Creative, having great imagination.
There are many ways to be imaginative: with art, with writing, with music, but these are just a few. You can also be imaginative just in how you solve problems or choose to approach challenges. In what ways are you imaginative?
Introducing new ideas.
Why do you think this is an important characteristic for a leader?
Filled with the urge or ability to do something.
Have you ever seen someone do an inspired performance? How did this add to their performance? What do you think makes someone inspired?
Quick to understand, think, and learn.
Think of someone you know who is intelligent. How do you think this is a positive trait?
Showing firm and constant support for a person or institution.
Think of someone you know, or even a pet, who is loyal to you in some way. How does their loyalty feel to you?
Showing proper consideration or courtesy.
Do you consider yourself respectful? Can you recall a time when you were disrespectful to someone, or they were disrespectful to you? How did that feel?
Having or fulfilling an obligation to do something.
What are some things you are responsible for in your life? Is it hard to fulfill these responsibilities?
Able to handle a person or situation with sensitivity.
Can you think of someone you know, maybe someone in your family or class, who is tactful? What makes them tactful?
Able to respect or accept customs, beliefs, or opinions of others.
Why do you think tolerance is an important quality for a leader to possess?
Thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.
Can you think of a visionary leader who you have studied or read about? Was this person popular?