One of the foremost as well as earliest leaders of the Indian nationalist freedom movement, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, dedicated his entire life morally, spiritually, and politically, to serve the country during the freedom struggle. His life’s work has inspired countless Indians to join the independence movement and fight for the nation. Tilak was a public leader, who established several institutions, newspapers, and organisations, to educate and awaken the masses. In this article, the qualities of an ideal leader are discussed, and Tilak’s journey resonates well with the concept. Emphasis is given on the importance of Danah Zohar’s theory of Spiritual Quotient (SQ) as a paradigm to determine the sustainability of leadership. Further, a subjective analysis of Tilak’s leadership is done on the basis of the principles of Spiritual Intelligence. His qualities are classified according to the principles of SQ and described with special references to events from his life.