9 ways to tell if you’re a natural leader

Natural leadership is something that many people aspire to, but few ever achieve. 

If you’re one of the lucky ones who possesses the qualities and characteristics of a natural born leader, then you may already know how important it is for your business or organization to have someone like you at the helm.

Check out these 9 ways to tell if you have what it takes to become a natural leader:

1) You are a problem solver

Think about this: Have you ever been in a situation that required you to think on your feet and come up with a solution?

If so, then you already know that being able to solve problems is one of the most important skills for a leader.

When faced with an issue, a natural born leader thinks critically about how best to address it in order to achieve the desired outcome.

You can solve problems quickly and easily, whether they’re big or small.

You’re good at finding solutions to the problems that come your way, and you know how to get other people involved in the process as well.

This makes you an excellent natural leader because it shows that not only do you have the ability to make decisions for others but also that you can communicate effectively with them about those decisions—and get them on board!

2) You are a motivator

A natural leader is a motivator.

There are always chances that you’ll have to motivate others, whether it’s in the workplace or outside of it.

Sound familiar?

You know how to get people excited about a project and help them see how it will benefit them as well as the organization overall.

This is an important quality for anyone who wants to be successful, because if you can’t get other people on board with your ideas then they won’t work out nearly as well as they would if everyone was enthusiastic about them!

What more?

You can even motivate others to do what you want, and even more importantly, they will feel motivated to do so themselves.

You may not be the most vocal person in your office or community, but if there’s someone in your life who needs some push-in order to get going on something important or difficult—or just simply because it makes them happy—you could be that person for them!

3) You’re an excellent communicator

One of the next important traits of a good leader is being able to communicate effectively.

You might not be the type of person who loves public speaking or being in front of crowds, but you do know how to use your words well and how to get your point across without making people feel bad about themselves!

You’re also good at listening and understanding what others are saying.

If you’re naturally a leader, then chances are good that your communication skills are excellent. But if you are still not sure, then try to practice being more assertive. This can help you become a better communicator and let others know what’s on your mind.

Remember, communication is important in every area of life—and it’s especially important for leaders. But it is a skill that can be learned.

How to become better at communicating? Look at how well you communicate with others and how much information comes across when speaking with someone else:

  • Do I ask questions before speaking?
  • Do I listen carefully to what they have to say before responding?
  • Does my tone of voice help them understand what I’m saying better than just by reading off the script?
  • Am I able or willing to listen attentively while someone else speaks (even if they don’t need much time)?
  • How do I react when someone gives me feedback on something we’ve discussed together?

By taking notice of yourself when you’re talking to someone else, you can become more aware of how well you communicate with others.

This will help you identify areas where improvement is needed for better communication skills.

4) You can read people

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You may be a natural leader if you’ve got an excellent sense of when someone is lying to you, anxious or excited, sad or angry. Here’s some example of the signs:

  • When someone tells a lie, they look down at the ground and mumble under their breath while they speak. That’s because they’re nervous about being caught out in their lie—and you know it!
  • Anxious people tend to blink frequently as well as shake their head slowly from side-to-side whenever something goes wrong (whether it’s good news or bad). This is because the adrenal glands release stress hormones into our bloodstreams which cause us to feel tense and anxious; therefore making us more likely to freeze up during stressful situations like job interviews or presentations at work meetings where important decisions need to be made quickly based on limited information available.
  • If you are looking for a way to tell if someone is sad, you can look for signs of sadness like a downturned mouth and eyes which are downcast. A person who is sad will also often have their shoulders hunched over and may be holding themselves in a way that suggests they’re feeling weighed down by something heavy.

Being able to read people will help you to better understand the people around you, which can help you to become a better leader.

There are many different ways to read people; however the most important thing is that you remain open-minded and willing to learn new things about yourself and those around you.

5) Inspires others to be confident in you

That’s right!

If you’re confident in your own abilities, it will naturally inspire other people to be confident in you as well. In fact, when someone else is confident in themselves and their skillset, it can be contagious!

This means that if you have an idea on how something should work out or what should happen next (like when we talk about leadership), then others will follow suit because they want those things too! 

They may not say so outright—but they will act like they want those things too!

If everyone was constantly telling each other how great everything would turn out…well…we wouldn’t need leaders at all!

6) You are a big-picture thinker and planner

If you find yourself planning ahead, prioritizing tasks and seeing how things will fit together, it’s likely that you are a natural leader. 

Yes, it’s true!

You can clearly see the big picture and know where each task in your plan fits into the bigger picture.

You may also be good at setting goals for yourself or others, which is one of the most important qualities of any leader. 

When someone asks for help with their business or personal life and you offer advice on how they could improve their situation in some way (whether it’s by learning new skills or making changes within themselves), then this willingness to listen without judgment is exactly what makes people feel comfortable enough around you so they’ll follow through on whatever direction you give them!

7) You see things from all sides

As well as the ability of seeing the big-picture, you also have a very unique ability to see things from different angles and perspectives.

This is why you are often able to solve problems before they even happen, as well as help others find solutions by simply asking them questions that encourage them to think outside of their comfort zone.

You can see the big picture, and you know how things are connected. This makes it easier for you to figure out how one thing will affect another, or what needs to be done next if something goes wrong.

8) You are not afraid to make mistakes

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It’s easy to be afraid of failure, but it’s also important that you don’t let that stop you from trying new things or asking for help when needed. 

If the idea of making a mistake scares you, then why would anyone else want to follow your lead? 

When we’re scared, our minds tend to go into autopilot mode and we end up doing what everyone else is doing rather than being ourselves. 

We needn’t fear making mistakes if we’re willing to learn from them so that they don’t happen again!

9) Your presence helps others to be their best selves

When you’re a natural leader, people notice. 

They see your presence and are inspired by it. 

You are a role model for others to follow in their own lives, because they know that if you can do it, then other people can too.

You inspire others by your example alone—and not just at work or school but in all aspects of life from home to community volunteering efforts. 

Your leadership style influences the way you interact with others socially as well as professionally at work or school (or wherever else). 

You may even find yourself inspiring family members who need support navigating difficult situations together on a daily basis!

Working on your leadership skills can help you succeed 

Leadership skills are important in many areas of life. They can help you succeed at work, and they can also help you to be more successful in your personal life.

Leadership skills are different from leadership positions because they are not directly connected with a specific job or position. 

A person who has good leadership skills will find it easier to get promotions and make better decisions when it comes time for promotion or change-of-positioning within an organization, because he or she knows how he/she should act and what role he/she should take on within the company as well as other departments outside of his own department’s walls (such as sales).


Now that you know how to tell if you’re a natural leader, we hope it will inspire you to take action. 

You don’t have to wait for someone else to notice you. You can start taking steps today toward becoming a better leader. 

The earlier you start developing your leadership skills, the easier it will be for you in the long run.

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Nguyet Yen Tran

Yen is a freelance writer and a researcher specializing in mental health, self-awareness, and psychology. Her hobby is studying human behavior throughout their reaction upon situations. Be sure to check out her other posts on our blog.

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