I have been involved in a few volunteer organizations and it has always struck me as interesting that the main thing that seems to hold people back from taking a leadership role, is their belief that it isn’t their place to take action.
So what ends up happening is that everyone sits around, waiting for someone else to take action. Whatever takes the action becomes the leader.
What is interesting, is that the only real difference between a leader and a follower is the decision to act without asking others if they should act or not. It’s really that simple.
The upshot is that being a leader is really just the decision to take a risk and take action without waiting for someone to ask you or approve of your actions.
It’s too bad that more people don’t realize that everyone else is just waiting for them to step up to the plate. Think of all that would happen in this world if everyone became aware of this core truth, that people simply underestimate their personal power to impact the world.