Student Leader Qualities

5 Great Student Leader Qualities

By Doug Franklin July 20, 2017

In leadership it can be all too easy to focus on the tasks at hand. We look to check things off the to-do list, and we’re constantly striving to meet goals and deadlines. But to be truly successful in each of our tasks, godly character is required. At LeaderTreks, we teach the 5 Tasks and Traits of a Leader, and we emphasize that what you do flows out of who you are. Each task flows out of a particular trait. For example, to determine the goals and scope of a project, a leader must have vision. Take note of the student leader qualities listed below; these traits, as well as others, become the hallmark of a great leader.

Vision (Matthew 28:16-20)
Leaders see the finish line before anyone else – they look into the future and see what no one else can see. A leader, guided by prayer, dreams about the biggest accomplishments God will do through their team.

Wisdom (James1:5)
A leader with student leader qualities must calculate the people and resources needed to complete a project. But to which one should receive the most attention, people or resources? A leader needs wisdom to find the perfect balance between hard materials and caring for followers.

Enthusiasm (Romans 12:11)
For a leader to cast vision he or she must have optimism, creativity and a positive outlook. These things flow from a rock solid belief that Jesus gives us an abundant life. Enthusiasm creates a momentum for change that galvanizes followers for a common mission.

Perseverance (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Navigating obstacles takes a deep commitment to finishing a project with excellence. Sometimes in leadership when we face obstacles we want to reduce our initial goals to make them easier. A leader must fight this pressure with perseverance in order to ensure completion.

Honesty (Colossians 3:9-10)
True evaluation never happens outside of honesty. Honesty takes courage and commitment. When leaders are honest with themselves and their followers, growth will happen.


Want to learn more about the character of a great student leader? Check out https://www.leadertreks.org/five-marks-student-leader/ 

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More