Here's a rather remarkable fact that may deserve your attention.
Those who have most frequently risen to the top ranks of leadership in past history have done so without a current recipe book to guide them. Neither Genghis Khan nor Tecumseh ever attended a John Maxwell seminar or read a Tom Peters article on the subject of leadership. At the same time, there seems to be little evidence that those who take courses and attend seminars or read books on leadership ever gain much of a reputation for having changed the course of history - in large or small ways.
What's the lesson here? That those who made their mark didn't have the "advantage" of our 10,000 or so books on the subject, but did it anyway? That those who have available the world's accumulated "wisdom" about leadership don't seem to be able to make much of a difference even with all of that hyped advantage?
The lesson may be this: If you're faced with a circumstance that requires a leader, and there is either no one else to do it or perhaps the others seem less qualified, you may be it.
But, consider these two prerequisites. One is that there has to be an opportunity for the kind of leadership you could uniquely provide. The other is that all of the other possible candidates for the role would have to be viewed by potential followers as less desirable than you are. Leadership is a role, not a person.
Being placed in a position of authority does not guarantee anyone's ability to provide leadership. In fact, the ways in which people get to those positions guarantees that a great many of them will fail as heads of whatever they are heads of.They fail for the reason that when their leadership was required, they smiply didn't have what it took to provide the leadership needed.
What's important to remember is that you will not be chosen to be the leader as a result of how much you want to be the leader - or the result of how many leadership books you have read. If there is a need for leadership, and there is no better choice than you, you just might get the role.