So many people I meet or interview consider Leadership to only be the CEO or main board of an organisation and this article is great at dismantling those thoughts.
There is some great advice for those of you who aspire to become a leader in the future and the key theme is to get out of the box you are in and create a new world for yourself. Be proactive with your personal learning, find places where new ideas and new networks exist that will enhance your mind and provide inspiration that will benefit both you and your employer. Don't settle for the parameters of your role and do everything you can to push the boundaries and become a visionary instead of a "do-er".
Want to be a leader? You'll have to walk the walk before you talk the talk. That's the claim of Herminia Ibarra, a professor of leadership at the INSEAD School of Business. According to her, before you can change your career trajectory with a leadership role, you must start by acting like a leader before you think like one. It may sound backwards to some people, but Herminia's reasoning makes sense: it's impossible to think like a leader if you aren't one. Leaders categorize things and think differently, but you won't know how to deal with that until you've acted like a leader to see what the role entails.