The secret of the recipe
Managers are trapped, however, leading is a choice.
If you are working in a cookie factory, your daily task is, most likely, to follow a recipe. But, above all, your boss will judge how well you follow the recipe. As a result, you are rewarded for your consistency.
As soon as you gain insight into the recipe or decide which recipe to follow, you are probably a manager. However, you require permission for every decision you make from higher up the ladder.
On the contrary, you’ve chosen to lead if you design the recipe. As soon as you have the power to change the formula, you are in the driving seat. Above all, you can determine the direction, for better or worse.
In the end, leading is a conscious decision.
Bottom line: Following is a great place to start. See it as a learning phase. However, leading is a choice. It shows that you can handle change. But on the other hand, for many, managing can be a trap.