Probably the most important part of becoming any sort of leader in the modern workplace is to be the person that others choose to follow. Even where compulsion is possible, it tends not to work very well.
If people decide that they don’t want to do things your way, then they can find any number of ingenious ways to undermine your wishes. Even if the obstructive behavior justifies dismissal, firing someone always has negative consequences for morale, focus, and productivity. In fact, you can end up spending so much time and effort defending your decision to your boss, co-workers, or an employment tribunal that you don’t have any time left to do your job properly.
If you want to take a leadership role, then the most important questions you can ask are:
The answers to these questions depend on your role, your team, and the task at hand. Whilst there are some skills that you will need to develop in order to be an effective leader, your role, your team, and the task will all affect which of these skills you use.
Before getting down to answering the question of why people would choose to follow your lead, you will need to understand the different styles of leadership available and the different types of team that are found in the workplace. The fact that there are such a variety of possible types of team makes it impractical to generalize too much when discussing leadership styles.