There is an old saying the leaders are born and not made. Having spent several years in the Army as an officer I can say that leaders are made and you have to lead from everywhere.
When faced with a complex, fast moving crisis, leaders most constantly adapt their mental models and create a “unity of effort situation. If you are not visible to your people in a crisis, difficult, or dangerous situation; you are not a credible leader.
With the 24 hour news cycle, there will never again be a major disaster that won’t involve public participation.My favorite definition of leadership: “The ability to reconcile opportunity with competency.”
Leaders can be made but you must take the first steps to learn and implement what you have learned.