"Leadership is an action, not a position." From the beginning of time, the greatest leaders have always held characteristics that defined them from other people. They took opportunities with courage and always played fair. They made sure others were happy and at peace before they put their own welfare into prospect. Ultimately, they made sure that everything ran smoothly, and that is why we remember great heroes in history, because they succeeded in all of these things and more.
Being a president or a nation, or a high school organization still requires the same traits and play off of the same strengths. Personally, I do believe that a great leader is one who can listen, who has a great amount of patience, compassion and organization. Previously, in high school, I held multiple leadership roles. These roles taught me to become more aware of who I was as a leader, but also aware of how my peers function. Every person is different and having the advantage of a smaller group really showed me their individuality, thus allowing me to play to their interests and creating a better fit atmosphere and experience.
Without having any of the prior skills named, a person would struggle and even give up if trying to lead a group or even manage tasks. And these are attributes that cannot be read or taught in a classroom. They are life lessons mostly taught outside of the classroom. They are acquired through emotions and exposure. Every person grows differently, some may take longer to understand how efficient leadership operates and others, may pick it up quicker. In the end, a leader is all about their actions and what they did, not the title that was earned or given.