Some people like to say “I’m a natural leader”. What they really mean is that they like to get their own way. They’re not leaders.
Others like to say “I’m in charge here. I’m the leader”, whilst reminding you of their title or drawing attention to their symbols of status and power. They might hold the post that’s called ‘Leader’ but they’re not leaders either.
Yet others say little and listen a lot. They help the people who work for and with them. They look for the unique contribution that each person makes. They keep everyone focused on the vision and put the general good above their own needs. They make the sum far greater than the parts.
They don’t call themselves leaders. Everyone else does.They’re the real deal.