Leadership invokes visions of hierarchy. In reality, it requires qualities that go beyond just holding power. Many organizations emphasize authority without also introducing qualities like empathy, understanding, and adaptation. These are proving to hold greater importance for companies who wish to retain the best talent.
For that reason, becoming a good follower is the first step to learning how to lead well. This becomes clear when you first consider what people seek in leaders and how that relates to interaction with your current manager.