“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”
― Winston S. Churchill
If you want to become a leader, you need to decide to step up and lead.
You’re not always going to be in an official leadership position, but don’t let that stop you. When the team needs you, be ready to go. You don’t need a fancy badge or title. You simply need to recognize the situation and take appropriate action.
Train yourself for that moment. Learn about leadership. Read, observe, study, and practice. Yes, practice. Practice the techniques of leadership. Practice humility, communication, relationship building, and decision making. Practice bravery, empathy, and harnessing your intuition.
Don’t force anything, and don’t stop being a good follower. Just lead where you’re needed. Volunteer to lead small projects and small teams. Put what you’ve learned into practice and adapt to the situation. Finally, like all great leaders, never stop improving.