Do you have to ‘Pay Your Dues’ before you can become a leader?
Any discipline that requires skill demands that you practice of course. But aside from that, what matters most is your passion. If you have a burning desire to make change in the world, you already have everything you need.
But power is something you have to be really careful with. Rule of thumb – those who want power shouldn’t have it. And when you start showing up as a leader, there’s a line between confidence, which leaders need, and arrogance, which will make others want to put you back in your place. Humility is key. If you are seeking only to serve (meaning your first objective is to benefit others before yourself) it will be easier to inspire and build trust.
The world has enough appointed managers, and not enough passionate leaders who serve something greater than themselves. You are needed. No dues required.