Leading from the Front

Here are three traits effective leaders demonstrate


At some point in our lives, we have encountered a phenomenal leader. Someone who has inspired us to take pride in our tasks and perform at 110% whenever possible. That person could be anyone, even a principal, team leader, or your first-year mentor. How do leaders gain qualities to make a lasting impression? There are so many different ways to define an excellent leader, but we believe the most impressionable ones consistently demonstrate these traits:

Positivity. What they say is true, positivity is contagious. You can instantly feel good vibes when leaders around you flip negativity into a positive learning experience. Seeing the good is not always an easy task, but those in high positions keep an open mind and search for the best outcome.

Empathy. Sensing and understanding others' emotions is crucial – from working with faculty & staff to parents and scholars – empathy is a building brick to building loyal relationships. The most impactful leaders practice perfecting empathy even in the most challenging situations.

Accountability. Holding others accountable for their actions isn’t what we mean, but rather leaders hold themselves accountable by doing the right thing and setting the example 100 percent of the time.

We aren’t saying other traits aren’t important, but if you find that you might be lacking some of the traits listed here, take a minute to reflect on what you could be working on to leave those memorable experiences with others.

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