I heard this in a TEDtalk by Simon Sinek and it is something I have always believed in. Sinek did a great job of stating it simply – there are leaders and those who lead. It sounds like two ways of saying the same thing and the verbiage may be similar, but the meaning is vastly different. Leaders are those who hold positions of authority, those who lead inspire and motivate us. We follow those who lead not because we are forced to, but because we want to.
Do not strive to be a leader – strive to lead.