Though I have much more to learn, John Maxwell's insights on leadership have been a huge help to me. Below is a great excerpt from a recent post he did at his site.
Leadership is not an exclusive club reserved for those who were "born with it." The traits comprising the raw materials of leadership can be acquired.
Link them up with desire and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader.
Some people have a more intuitive grasp of how to lead than others. These "natural-born leaders" will always emerge, but their influence hinges upon their ability to supplement inborn talent with learned skills. Ultimately, leadership is developed, not discovered.
Great stuff. And encouraging too if you're not one of those "natural-born" guys... Read the entire post here on the 3 E's of Leadership Development and then... get to work!