The Innate Traits of Natural-born Leaders

Sept. 11, 2013

In order to be successful in today’s turbulent world, a team or company must be steered by an effective leader. The leader is the start and end point of any success or failure. The team emulates the leader’s characteristics—so the leader must always portray desirable ones.

Here are five innate traits of a natural-born leader:

Leaders take loyalty seriously. They understand the importance of trust among the employees and company. They do everything they can to maintain the bond of loyalty and should anything splinter it, they take precautions to fix the situation.

Leaders make a point to be a part of the solution. If a leader cannot fix a problem by his or herself, they will find someone who can—they will always find a way. Taking initiative and having self-governance to know when something can or can’t be done is the ultimate discernment in a leader.

The effective leader has belief in their ability to accomplish a task. They also inspire this confidence in their followers by means of constructive instruction, encouragement and patience. There is power in the peace of a leader’s confidence.

Leaders have the ability to take individuals from diverse backgrounds and enable them to exist in harmony instead of conflict and confusion. Mediation is a coveted trait that not many are capable of, but that everyone needs at one point or another. Leaders can mediate conflicted and diverse followers.

A leader’s hunger is never satisfied. They consistently and constantly ask questions and seek new information. Their natural drive to learn and gain more is emulated through their followers, creating a well-rounded team of knowledge and good direction.

Focusing on providing a positive environment for employees is critical. Providing effective leadership is paramount. We’re developing our industry’s future leaders. Please be the effective leader that your employees need and deserve.

Mike Moore is the HVAC Training Director at HVAC Learning Solutions, an HVAC industry expert in sales, technical, and business training. Visit Mike’s blog for more insights. Mike can be reached on Twitter @hvaclearning or on Google+ at