“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” - Douglas MacArthur
There is a gulf of difference between a leader and a true leader. I’ve found that the strongest leaders in my organization become leaders as a byproduct of their passionate work ethic and their compassionate service to others, no matter what personal gain might be expected. True leadership is not something to be gotten, it emerges from within outward.
Not one single true leader in my organization became a leader because he or she angled for the position. It’s been easy for me because I don’t have to artificially install leaders in positions of authority. Their authority grows naturally out of the way they carry themselves from day-to-day. And true leadership is predicated on the presence of natural, established authority.