There is enough literature that is out there that says that leadership is not tied to the position. However, there is not much written about how a person who is not in a “sort of” leadership position able to lead.
I believe that leadership is as simple as filling in the blanks. Any organization or for that matter any project has places and situations screaming for someone’s attention. These are the blanks that someone needs to fill. If we are willing to take up that initiative and fill in those blanks, we are on our way to become leaders.
A crisis or a breakdown are perfect examples of blanks waiting for someone. Most often our approach is to blame someone when there is a crisis or breakdown. Wouldn’t it be great if we embrace those situations and use them as launch pads to demonstrate our leadership skills?