What is it that makes some people naturally take charge, and lead, while others can't imagine anything else worse.
I heard something recently, which just rang so true, "Leaders are those who are willing to go first". They are willing to go forward without reassurance from others, and to take first steps without evidence of a guarantee of a success. They're able to trust their own intuition, even when others disagree.
I don't think this can be learned, I think it's something that people just are, or they're not. Natural leaders can cope with uncertainty, whereas others can become crippled with anxiety.
When you lead, you stand alone.
Leaders find decisions easy. They can commit to a choice, where others find decisiveness rather alien and something to avoid. Leaders feel ok with the buck stopping with them.
Leaders go first.