Each person is capable to be a leader in his own right. But sometimes, the lack of values, skills, experience and even opportunities can hinder one’s ability to lead. However, even if a leader arises from a pack, there will still be areas on which he must improve. Thus, being a leader is a continuous process of learning, innovating and adapting.
Luckily, there are a few who already have an edge over the rest, and here are 5 ways on how you can spot a natural leader.
Fit for Survival
Have you heard of the saying, “survival of the fittest?” Well, a real leader is a survivor. But sometimes, people misinterpret this as something negative. A natural leader is someone who can adapt to his environment. Whether you throw him in a deserted island, or you invite him to a highly exclusive and upscale gathering. A natural leader knows how to behave depending on his surrounding and do necessary efforts and actions to keep his composure.
Prepared for Battle
No, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is going to punch someone or use aggression to prove a point. But he or she will be prepared as circumstances arises like natural disasters. He or she knows the proper exit route, things to bring and even who’s safety to prioritize. He or she doesn’t have to have everything on hand, but he or she is smart enough to determine which available items are useful or not. And this can only be possible if he or she made an effort to learn basic disaster-preparedness knowledge and skills. The mere effort of learning these things is a sign of a true leader.
A natural leader must be pleasant and knows how to act properly. He or she practices gestures and ethics that’s aligned with social norms. This is actually one of the easiest way to spot a natural leader when he or she carries himself with such grace and composure in any given social situation. He or she doesn’t have to be the charmer but he or she acts politely and respectfully towards everyone.
Thinks before He/She Speaks
A true leader thinks his thoughts through before he opens his mouth. He would always think about how his opinions or comments will affect the person he is speaking with but would always express his viewpoints. Being tactful doesn’t mean he should not speak about his beliefs, he just knows how to express them properly and soundly that the person he is conversing with would understand his thoughts.
Oozing with Confidence
No one wants to follow and listen to someone without a presence. That’s why most leaders carries himself with confidence. But be watchful, confidence is different from being boastful and arrogant. A real leader knows how to be comfortable in his own skin, knows his strongest suit yet also be humble enough to not let it get to his head. A real leader is actually more of a listener than a talker – he listens, captures the idea, sprinkle it with his thoughts and create a conducive discussion.
So the next time you want to pick a potential leader from your organization, watch out for these five characteristics. He may not know his potentials but given the opportunity to improve and enhance his knowledge and skills, he can be full of potentials waiting to be discovered.