If these 10 traits describe you – embrace it, you’re a natural leader

Strong leaders are precious in all types of life situations. From being an integral part of a family, leading a project in the workplace, or running a country, leaders shape our world. 

But what makes a good leader? What traits contribute to being a great leader? 

You might have these traits and not know you have a natural talent for leadership latent within you. Being unaware of it means the world is deprived of a strong leader — and heaven knows we need as many as we can get.

In this article, I’ll discuss 10 traits that make a natural leader. If you resonate with them, embrace it — you’re naturally built to lead. 

1) Innate integrity

Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It involves consistency between your actions, values, and principles. 

People with strong integrity are trustworthy and stable — others look up to them and rely on them in times of turbulence. 

You can recognize when people have rock-solid integrity by the credibility they command from others. 

People tend to respect them and they have a knack for building trust in group settings. 

Are you someone with strong values who sticks to them regardless of the circumstances? Do people often come to you for help and guidance?

If so, you might have a natural leader within you waiting to be unleashed. It might be time to capitalize on that inner potential.

2) Conscientiousness gets things done

Psychological research shows that trait conscientiousness is linked to strong leadership.

But what exactly is conscientiousness in psychological terms? 

A conscientious person is:

They can easily control impulses, sacrificing immediate gratification for the sake of future goals. 

Conscientiousness is one of the strongest predictors of success. Who doesn’t want someone built for success leading their team? 

Think about it: would you rather a leader you KNOW will get the job done when they say they will, or a leader who never pulls through on their word? 

If you are high in trait conscientiousness, chances are you’d make a solid leader. Do people trust you to pull through when you make promises? 

Can you easily sacrifice pleasure now for results later? Embrace it — you’re a leader at heart.

3) Accurate intuition

A natural leader possesses a unique ability to read between the lines and discern the unspoken. Their intuition lets them make decisions that go beyond surface-level analysis. 

It involves trusting instincts, understanding the nuances of situations, and foreseeing potential outcomes with remarkable accuracy.

This innate ability to grasp the subtleties of a situation lets them anticipate challenges and make decisions that steer the ship in the right direction.

If you often find yourself relying on gut feelings, picking up on subtle cues, and making decisions effortlessly, you might be born to lead.

4) The creative edge

When you think of strong leadership, you might not immediately think creativity is an important part of it. Often, when we think of creativity, we think of aloof artists with ruffled hair and coffee-stained notebooks dangling from their bags. 

But creativity is also an integral part of leadership. 

Psychological research highlights the importance creativity plays in leadership roles. 

Think about it — some problems require outside-the-box thinking. 

When you’re faced with a problem that seems impossible to solve, repeating the same approaches and coming at it from generic angles won’t be helpful. 

Sometimes, you need someone who can see things from a fresh perspective — you need someone high in trait creativity. 

Maybe you’re creative by nature but never really saw yourself as a leader. You might be surprised to know how much a team could benefit from your inner imagination and ability to have a vision for the future.

5) Extraversion: The communicative superpower

Are you a chatty person who thrives in situations where you get to meet new people? 

Being high in extraversion is like having a superpower for communicating with people. The ability to talk to people without feeling socially anxious is extremely useful in jobs that require lots of person-to-person contact. 

Leaders often need to mediate between team members and spend much of their time talking to other people. 

If they don’t have that chatty extraverted edge, they won’t be able to communicate the way they need to. 

Maybe you should consider putting your chatterbox nature to good use in a team setting…

6) A collaborative mindset

people pleasing tendencies If these 10 traits describe you - embrace it, you're a natural leader

Have you ever worked in a team where the members just don’t seem to gel? It probably has less to do with the team members and more to do with the leadership.

Collaborative leaders cultivate camaraderie within their teams and emphasize teamwork as the cornerstone of success. We all know that many hands makes for light work, right? 

Well, leaders utilize their teams diverse set of talents and skills to optimize output and make everyone feel like they’re valued.

They facilitate open communication and nurture the collective intelligence of a group. They understand that 10 minds are stronger than one

If you enjoy building bridges and fostering a sense of community, you might find yourself more comfortable than you’d expect in a leadership role. 

7) Attention to detail

A keen attention to detail is like having a microscopic lens that ensures precision and excellence. It lets you zoom in on the finer points and meticulously examine every facet of a project or task. 

This trait involves a keen awareness of subtleties and a commitment to meeting objectives with pinpoint precision.

Good leaders have a natural proclivity towards paying close attention — even on a granular level. They understand that success often lies in the nuances. 

If you find satisfaction in refining processes and double-checking for accuracy, let your microscopic lens be the instrument that elevates your leadership from good to exceptional.

8) Warrior’s work ethic

Ever heard of a good leader who stays in bed all day or severely struggles with laziness? No, I didn’t think so. 

Some people are naturally wired to work really hard and don’t struggle with sloth or distractions.

Leaders with a warrior’s work ethic approach their responsibilities with a sense of duty and determination. 

People with a strong work ethic have healthy habits towards tasks. 

You’ll often notice that they

They tackle obstacles head-on. They don’t view setbacks as failures but as lessons. And lessons fuel development. 

This resilience not only propels them forward but also inspires those around them, creating a culture of tenacity within their sphere of influence.

If you find joy in overcoming challenges and view hard work as the key to forging success, your warrior’s work ethic may be a defining trait of your natural leadership

9) Optimistic to opportunities

Optimism in leadership isn’t just about seeing the glass half full — it’s about using a positive outlook as a catalyst for growth and change. 

It’s the unshakeable belief that even in the face of adversity, there’s a silver lining waiting to be uncovered. 

This mindset doesn’t just maintain morale; it sparks innovation and cultivates an environment where resilience and creativity thrive.

Other benefits of optimism include: 

  • Resilience to setbacks
  • Keeping team morale high
  • Actively seeking solutions

People who are optimistic by nature can easily overcome what most people perceive as obstacles and challenges. Rather than getting bogged down, they charge forward looking for solutions.

10) Problem-solving powers

Effective problem-solving requires a combination of analytical thinking and quick action. A natural leader doesn’t merely see problems as hurdles but as opportunities for growth and improvement. 

If you have a track record of turning challenges into triumphs through strategic problem-solving, consider this trait a sign of your leadership excellence.

Cultivate it — let it be the force that propels you into a leadership role. Your skills can reshape not only your world but the worlds of those around you.

Can you learn to be a leader? 

Our personalities arise from a mixture of nature and nurture. Research shows that 70% of our personalities are due to our genetics — you might be more like your family than you realize. 

But that doesn’t mean we’re completely bound by what we’re born with. You can learn skills and change your behavior patterns. It might take work — but you can do it. 

I wasn’t always a conscientious person. But as I got older I began to learn the value of being reliable, organized, and goal-oriented. 

I spent a lot of time grappling with distractions and procrastination until my inner resistance just dissolved and was no longer a problem. So, I know first hand that change is possible. 

If being a leader is something you’re passionate about, you can work on emulating these 10 leadership traits. Don’t let your genetics or upbringing define you — take charge of your behavior and strive towards your goals full speed ahead!

Marie Lamb

Marie Lamb

Marie is a writer with an academic background in psychology and neuroscience. She’s also a qualified yoga teacher with more than 10 experience in Eastern practices. When she’s not writing about psychology and life, she’s reading and crafting stories, poetry, or prose.

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