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I do not believe you have to hold a title to take a leadership position. I think we can all look back and identify one person we looked up to as a leader who held no rank or title. Nineteen years ago, the person I looked up to as a leader was my zone partner. He had 15 years on the job, was a SWAT member, and worked from the minute we went on duty to the minute we went off. His work ethic, drive, tactics, and willingness to teach a new guy were instrumental to who I wanted to be as an officer. Not to mention, I would have followed that guy into any situation.
Just as the lesson spoke about, being a leader is being able to get people voluntarily wanting to follow you, not telling them they have to support you.