Leadership is providing direction, evaluating employee performance, and understanding what has to happen to continue to be successful. It comes down to a simple fact, leadership means taking responsibility and making decisions even if they are not popular. Avoid group think. Superficial details, office politics and personalities result in a lack of clarity and failure. You can sit around a table and discuss trivia and waste hours of time and not reach a consensus of what the problem is, let alone find a solution.
If you want to be a leader do not try to win a popularity contest. Stand up, be noticed and lead.