Originally answered Oct 13, 2016
Yes, they can. See my answer to “Is it true that leaders are born, not made?”
1. From slides 3 and 4 of How to be an Authentic Leader:
Have you ever
- Been a team captain?
- Done volunteer work?
- Held an elected office?
- Implemented a new idea?
- Served as a scout leader?
- Influenced others to take action?
- Organized an event or a trip?
- Spoken on behalf of others?
- Tried something you hadn’t done before?
- Helped connect people to one another?
Anyone can lead
- Leadership is not the same as management
- You don’t have to be the supervisor of people to lead them
- You can lead in any situation
2. From Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin:
“Leadership… has to come from individuals — people just like you who have passion about something. Anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at their fingertips.
If you think leadership is for other people, think again — leaders come in surprising packages… Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities for leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, readers. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you probably imagine.”
3. From You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference by Mark Sanborn:
“Genuine leadership — leadership with a ‘little l’ — is not conferred by a title, or limited to the executive suite. Rather, it is shown through our everyday actions and the way we influence the lives of those around us. Among the qualities that genuine leaders share:
- Acting with purpose rather than getting bogged down by mindless activity
- Caring about and listening to others
- Looking for ways to encourage the contributions and development of others rather than focusing solely on personal achievements
- Creating a legacy of accomplishment and contribution in everything they do”