I’ve heard it said many times, “you can be a leader no matter what position you are in”. It’s hard to argue with that statement! It’s a little tougher to live it out though. Why else would so many managers feel powerless to make a difference in their organizations; let alone anyone that isn’t in an actual authority position?
It really depends on how you define the term “leader”. Many managers confuse leadership with authority. Here’s an example: