When you “lead up” you haven’t been given the title, the permission or the responsibility to lead. What you’ve done is you’ve taken initiative. You have voluntarily shouldered the responsibility, and you’ve given yourself the permission. You lead regardless of whether it’s your job.
Leading isn’t easy or fun. But you do it anyways. Not for recognition or rapport. But for those people that need you to step up. For the work that needs your expertise. And for yourself so at the end of the day, you know you gave the best you were capable of.
You lead because that’s who you are, whether your business card says it or not.
You are a leader