For any business to be successful there is a huge dependency on the people who run it. An organization that has all the fancy strategies, creations, and technology mean little without the people to make it all happen.
Plenty of work went into developing those strategies, making decisions on implementing them, creating products and services, deciding the quality standards of the organization and designing the technology. That's on top of the people who deliver the service and provide all the administrative support.
It's important for people at all levels in any organization to assume a leadership role in order to get tasks done.
Most people will automatically think of those with higher ranks or important titles when it comes to leadership, but the truth is that leadership shouldn't be influenced by position or title. Anyone can be a great leader regardless of their title. In fact, organizations are more likely to succeed with employees who assume leadership roles.
In some cases, there may be an ineffective leader with important title in an organization. Those with important titles who are unable to lead effectively would cause the company to lose customers, deliver poor service, cause poor coordination and teamwork, and hold the whole organization back as a result. This causes them to undermine the organization's mission, strategies, and standards. No organization could afford the big cost of poor leadership.
Being able to effectively lead is a mandatory requirement for any employee with an executive, management, or supervisory title. People with these titles are considered the role models for other employees as they mainly oversee other employees, play a big role in decision making, and manage the overall business. But this doesn't mean that bestowing a title will make one a great leader.
A leader is someone who has the ability to delegate tasks, communicate, keep a positive attitude, inspire the team, and remain committed. You can normally tell who will be a good leader because they are already carrying out tasks without the high title. This will lead to other employees following them even though the organization hasn't bestowed them any authority.
Developing initiative is a must for every employee who works for an organization, not just the appointed ones. When you develop leaders this way, you inspire growth and always have people ready for the next step in their careers: promotion.