Being an RA is a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills. Check out the following list and evaluate where you are and what you want to work on as you look forward to the school year ahead.

The Student Activities Leadership Institute at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida, came up with the following character traits of an effective leader. How do you measure up?

  • Knowledgeable about leadership
  • Delegates
  • Knowledge of own strengths and weaknesses
  • Strong writing ability
  • Confident
  • Ability to speak in public
  • Communicates effectively
  • Patience
  • Passionate
  • Perseverance
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to say no
  • Experienced
  • Able to teach
  • Able to use different styles of leadership
  • Optimistic
  • Knows their purpose in life
  • Adaptable
  • Visionary
  • Assertiveness
  • Able to inspire others
  • Organized
  • Respects self
  • Flexible
  • Respect others
  • Great listener
  • Trust others
  • Creative
  • Friendly
  • Decisive
  • Fun to be around
  • Self-aware
  • Compassionate towards others
  • Dedicated
  • Forgiving
  • Mediate conflict
  • Resourceful
  • Persuasive
  • Proactive
  • Diplomatic
  • Energetic
  • Productive
  • Inquisitive
  • Detailed
  • Willing to change
  • Creates irreversible change in self and others
  • Willing to take risks
  • Efficient
  • Willing to be uncomfortable
  • Able to plan and set goals
  • Assess pass successes and failures
  • Builds consensus
  • Overcome setbacks
  • Work as part of a team
  • Stand for personal values and beliefs
  • Collaborate
  • Competent
  • Praise others for work well done
  • Responsible
  • Ability to give and receive feedback
  • Willing to trust feelings — intuition
  • Personable
  • Accepting
  • Sense of humor
  • Willing to participate

As student leaders on your campuses, use this list to maximize your strengths and build up your weaknesses over the coming semesters. Some of the qualities listed above may have come naturally to you, but other qualities may still continue be a struggle for you; that’s okay. The key is awareness. The first step in fixing a problem is identifying the problem.

Thanks to Dr. Joe Martin for providing this article!
http://www.professormartin.com

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