"Example is leadership." ~ Albert Schweitzer.
A mentor of mine wrote a book "Where have all the leaders gone?".
He was a leader. A hero of mine said "The price of greatness is responsibility." He was a leader. A man I respect once said "Be the change you want to see in the world." He was a leader. Lot's of people talk about how to lead - very few do it. In this simple guys opinion it's because leaders talk, postulate and politic when they would be much more effective if they just "Lead". Leadership is action. Leadership is what a person does - how they do it - and who they are. True Leaders set the example of what they want. They work harder than those who work for them if they want a work ethic. They sacrifice in times of difficulty if they ask for sacrifice. They take risks if they ask others to take risks. They articulate what they believe but more importantly they act on their beliefs. They're the same person at work as they are at home. They're the same person to employees as they are to their family. Leadership isn't position - it's example. Example is Leadership.
"Be the change you want to see in the world"
Lead by example ~ The rest is simply details.