Leaders make the decision to lead. They decide that they want to provide others with direction. Leaders dominate and take charge. Persistence is also their name of the game. If they want something to happen, they do it!
Leadership is learned from mentors, learned in school and seminars, and innate skill/s developed over the years.
To be a successful leader is not measured by power or money. Leadership success should be measured on the opportunities they (leaders) create for others. In order to be a successful leader, one must:
Train and recognize employees. Provide direction for them.
Administer and organize work processes.
Listen more to learn more from others. Allow the ideas and thoughts of your staff to help form the vision and mission. Also, empower yourself with knowledge.
Be clear on where the business is going, why it is going in a specific direction and what it means for people in the organization.
Be passionate about the vision and mission of the organization.
Act not only for yourselves alone but for everyone under you.
Surround yourself with people that can provide wisdom.
Go beyond what is expected. Deliver both quality and quantity.
Finally, there should be a balance in your professional, personal and spiritual lives.