It has been said that some people are born with leadership in their DNA. While nature versus nurture arguments have feuded over the basis of this statement and similar ones, it’s undeniable that some people are, simply put, great leaders. But what makes natural leaders so successful? It’s a combination of several skills, some of which are innate, and others of which can be honed.

Ability to Delegate

Not everyone is gifted with the ability to effectively delegate responsibility. Natural born leaders, however, are able to gauge the skill levels and various talents of different employees, helping them assign tasks to those best-suited for the job. This penchant for understanding others and delegating work has several benefits. For one, employees can show off their talents and abilities and feel recognized for their accomplishments. Leaders, meanwhile, can continue to strategize and refine how the work is done and by whom it’s completed. Lastly, the business benefits from efficient and effective task completion, which streamlines operations.


Another great characteristic of a successful leader is self-confidence. There are a number of leaders who have the technical skills needed to get a job done, but if those leaders are not confident in their ability to properly utilize those skills, it will be that much more difficult to accomplish great feats. Leaders must practice confidence and self-improvement if they hope to work towards continuous growth. If leaders can balance confidence and humility, they’re bound to gain the respect of those they manage and be recognized for their talents. Self-confidence is especially important when leaders are under pressure, whether that pressure comes from business partners or the wider state of the market or economy.

Communication Skills

It is impossible to be a great leader without strong listening and oratory skills. Effective leaders understand that they are only as strong as their ability to communicate. How else can a leader share a vision, delegate tasks, and offer assistance to employees who need it? Communication is a large umbrella and covers many areas of leadership. For instance, leaders who are able to communicate their confidence can assert themselves when it comes to deadlines and making deals. In addition, leaders who are able to fill their voices with passion can encourage employees to try their best. As for being able to listen, leaders with this skill can get a better look at the job or industry from the perspectives of others. This helps leaders pivot strategies so that followers can complete work effectively and within a given timeframe.