We were sitting in the back seat of the car during a night drive, my two younger brothers and I, and I looked over at them right when some head lights hit my face just right. My brothers scooted closer to each other and shivered with fear as they saw my big dark eyes glaring at them. Unintentional scariness, of course. Once I figured out that without a word I could wield that kind of power, I found ways to use it to playfully (honestly) intimidate them. But after a while I came to learn that I was really just kind of scaring myself. There is a real "thing" about a first-born, whether it is the stereotypical charismatic leader, or someone who does it more subtly.
I like, but don't need, to be in control. I am a problem-solver. In a small group I am comfortable leading out. I can do that. Not necessarily bossy, but firm and confident enough. I admit that the challenge I like best is charming people into trusting me. Not in a slimy salesperson kind of way, but in a public relations kind of way.
This has been a real benefit in my profession, where parents have to trust my judgment. They need to like me enough to believe me. And they need to look at my eyes, when the head lights are hitting them just right, and choose to trust me rather than to be scared. It is a good kind of pressure that I want to measure up to. It allows me to satisfy my first-born tendencies and help these little kiddos at the same time. Awesome combo (honestly).