TAKING the lead – initiating – is key.
Don’t worry too much about trying to influence others to follow. Whether others follow your lead should be less about your influence, and more about their choice.
Leadership, taking initiative, can come from anybody. It should come from everybody. In the best teams it does.
The choice to follow a lead, freely made by rational judgment, makes for the strongest form of engagement any group of people cooperating for a cause can have.
Think a little less about being “The Leader” and a little more about how you can encourage everyone to take the lead.