Raoden has an optimistic attitude.
For the majority of his life, he lived in the city of Kae, just outside of Elantris. Ten years after the Reod, he undergoes the Shaod transformation into an Elantrian, a transformation that is, at the time, incomplete. As an Elantrian, he works to bring peace and civilization to the people living in Elantris, who had devolved into a primitive, bestial society. Raoden is the first Elantrian after the Shaod to successfully harness the power of AonDor. He eventually discovers the key to restoring Elantris, and succeeds in repelling the efforts of Wyrn in conquering both Arelon and Teod.
He had a rather stringent upbringing, being taught a variety of skills that were meant to tailor him into a successful King. However as he got older and more confident he was known to disagree with his father, King Iadon on certain political points. Raoden even obtained fencing lessons from Count Eondel to spite his father. He also had a close friendship with Lukel. His differing opinions with an almost unanimously disliked King promoted a large following with the young prince. 
He is well educated and skillful in debating and public speaking. He has a keen ability to see how any one person can be useful in promoting the benefit of the whole. In Elantris he clearly shows his leadership abilities. He has a skilful hand and is able to proficiently draw Aons. This in turn means that he is quite adept with AonDor.