Leaders are willing to lead and take charge. They often exhibit moral or ethical courage, and set an example for others, through their own actions and opinions. Leaders can set a clear vision and direction, leading employees to achieve the organisational goals and engaging employees.
Leadership skills can be taught and are essential to being a leader in an organisation, the ability to delegate and to communicate effectively is paramount. Informally you can lead by motivating and inspiring your colleagues and teams.
The desire to lead is often due to wanting to motivate others and help them succeed. However, leadership roles are given to those good at their roles and not necessarily to those suited to the job. A good leader will lead by example, listen, be fair, be authentic, and take responsibility for their teams.