This post was first published in Linkedin Pulse by the author.\r\n\r\nAs organizations grow, there is a need for more people in the team to emerge as leaders.\r\n\r\nA high potential employee in my organization recently had a discussion with me where he talked about wanting to be given a \u201cleadership opportunity.\u201d We had an interesting discussion about what \u201cleadership\u201d really means.\r\n\r\n\r\nHere are a few thoughts I shared with him that you may find useful as you ponder over leadership too:\r\n\r\n \tLeadership does not come by carrying a designation. Very often true power in a team does not rest with the designated leader but with the person who assumes leadership behaviors.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tTo be a leader, learn to be a good follower first. A good follower as I would define it is one who would do everything in his ability to make the leader successful. Yet, he will stay humble and will show fierce loyalty in public (though he may disagree in private).\r\n\r\n\r\n \tLeadership is an action word \u2013 every single person has an opportunity to display leadership if he chooses to, regardless of his job or function. And it is often displayed in the smallest and the most daily of behaviors.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tIt is the law of the world: it unfailingly rewards you in direct proportion to the \u201cvalue\u201d that you deliver to it, whether it is to the organization or to the world.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tAnd finally, you don\u2019t get a \u201cleadership opportunity\u201d and then display leadership. It is always the other way round (unless your Dad owns the business).\r\n\r\nDoes some of this resonate with you? Do share your thoughts!