At any point in your life, you are granted the opportunity to either fall in line, or take the lead. No matter who you are or what your experience, people seek leadership, especially so in high tension situations and if you're willing to step up to the challenge, the position belongs to you.
Many of us crave the respect and responsibility of being in a position of leadership - the opportunity to mentor, to help someone, the opportunity to challenge ourselves, to grow our skillset yet so many shy from the opportunity because they think they don't deserve it or that it's not yet their time.
We need to be vigilant self promoters, we need to recognise the leader within ourselves and out ability to lead others well. It's not a matter of being cocky, rather self assured, it's not about dictating to others, rather to mentor them, it's not about power, it's about challenge and having a platform to do more.
Once we recognise what leadership is and stop holding ourselves back, we're better able to rise to the opportunity.