You don’t need permission to be a leader, you just have to lead.
You don’t need to read a book, take a class, or convince someone to give you a microphone in order to lead, you just have to care enough to move first. I call this being the first domino to fall.
The very best leadership lessons you will ever learn won’t come at a seminar or a retreat, they will come when you are willing to put yourself in harms way to make things better.
Anyone can do what they’re told, but leaders choose to act before the next steps are obvious.