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Historically? Not being Jewish. Today, say some? Not being Asian.
They may not be the "natural leaders" I have described above, but a consistent work ethic and a tendency to stay on top of everything is recognized and admired by a group over time. Theses kids often end up in leadership roles with minimal effort after a year or two in a group, even though some of them may be more introverted and not able to form connections with people quickly.
Introverts are not necessarily unable to form connections with people quickly -- they are just not driven by the need to do so.
For example, practicing your musical instrument, and even playing first chair, is not leadership.