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Qualities of Leadership and Character

- from the National Honor Society Handbook


The General Quality of Leadership:

  • Is creative in solving problems, applying ideals, and making suggestions
  • Demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities and events
  • Contributes suggestions that improve the civic aspect of school
  • Inspires positive behavior in fellow students and encourages peers to uphold school ideals
  • Is thoroughly dependable, reliable, and efficient in all tasks undertaken
  • Demonstrates academic initiative
  • Is able to delegate tasks and responsibility to others
  • Is a leader in the classroom, at work, and in other school and community activities

Leadership in the Classroom:

  • Leaders model appropriate behavior for others in class
  • Leaders focus on achieving academically and participating in class on a regular basis
  • Leaders often direct class discussion and answer sessions
  • Other class members will look to leaders when they are lost or unsure of what they are doing
  • Leaders make sure that all members of a group have shared in the workload
  • Leaders care about the quality of their classwork and diligently pursue excellence
  • Leaders consistently do homework and all other tasks assigned by the teacher
  • Leaders constantly apply themselves to the material
  • Leaders take it upon themselves to help others achieve along with them
  • Leaders actively seek to make up work rather than having the teacher tell them what must be completed
  • Leaders seek to constructively resolve problems among peers


The Quality of Character:

  • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
  • Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
  • Upholds principles of morality and ethics
  • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
  • Regularly shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
  • Observes instructions and rules, is punctual, and faithful both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Has powers of concentration, self-discipline, and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
  • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
  • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment
  • Demonstrates the six general qualities of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship