To be honest, I don't really know how I would define a leader exactly. One question that I struggle with is: are people just naturally born leaders, or can you teach yourself to become a leader? As of right now, I believe that a leader is someone within a group of people who takes control of a situation and starts taking action. A lot of the time the necessary actions (or better yet, what the leader believes to be necessary actions) are motivating and influencing the people around them.
After reading about the strengths, I still have questions. I still think a leader may be as I described last week, but now I think a leader must also have the strengths of self-assurance, adaptability, and responsibility. At my work place (YMCA School-aged Childcare), one of my colleagues, Robert was promoted to assistant site director (like an assistant manager) after just 6 months! However, another colleague, James, has been working there for four years and has tried unsuccessfully to get promoted several times. Robert told me that he was almost thrown into a position of leadership when his assistant site director quit. I predict that he has those three strengths that I listed above, particularly self-assurance. Self-assurance is like self-confidence and competency, where people with these strengths are "able to take risks, able to meet new challenges, able to deliver" (p. 65).
Clifton, D. O., Anderson, E., & Schreiner, L. A. (2006). StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond. New York: Gallup Press.