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A title has little to do with the ability to lead. The only requirements to be a leader is someone who is willing to step up, take the initiative and people are willing to follow that person. A leader with no followers is just a single person wondering alone. If people of lower, the same or higher rank are willing the follow someone, now they are a leader, regardless of formal rank or title. Most people will only follow someone they trust will keep them on a path they feel safe going down. Building trust to follow takes time and a proven track record before they will be considered a leader.