10-Point Checklist: Qualities of an Inspiring Leader

Back in the elementary school days of macaroni art and glitter glue mayhem, we learned leadership through the form of classroom chores. You know that you felt like the studliest muffin of all when you were voted as Line Leader.

That small glimpse of a leadership role snowballed into progressive roles of responsibility: sports team captain, class president, yearbook editor, and even SGA officer. Academia has instilled within us the valued quality of a leadership. In the spirit of the upcoming Spring Leadership Conference, Legends of the Hidden Leader, I have compiled a list of some of the most noteworthy traits of a strong leader.

1. Confidence

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller

ee1b4d5fe8c9758d8b7f258b97deff422. Commitment

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” -Vince Lombardi


3. Creativity

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” -Steve Jobs


4. Ability to Inspire

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” -Kobe Bryant

tumblr_n3z40r8CTq1trg912o1_5005. Communication

“Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.” -Charles Dickens


6. Initiative

“Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.” -Amelia Earhart


7. Positive Attitude

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” -Michael Jordan


8. Responsibility

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” -Abraham Lincoln


9. Honesty and Transparency

“Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.” -Ellen DeGeneres


10. Ability to Delegate

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” -Ronald Reagan


It is never too late to instill a sense of leadership within yourself. One day we will all walk across the graduation stage and sigh “finally.” Join fellow Towson University students as well as others from surrounding universities at iLead’s Legends of the Hidden Leader on Saturday, March 28 from 10a.m.-3:30p.m. in the West Village Commons Ballrooms. Click here to register. For more info, follow iLead on Twitter @iLEAD_TU.

–Danielle Moore

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