In his 1973 talk to the National Council of Catholic Laity Greenleaf turns his focus to the question of leadership.
Part of the problem is that a stereotype has emerged. The leader is seen as the person at the head of the parade with the flag, or the single chief atop the pyramid of a big organization. We have mistakenly confused leadership with ego display and covert manipulation and the overt use of coercive power.
Let us re-define leadership in broader terms. Everyone who feels himself to be responsible, who feels some obligation to help some part of society function a little better, or whose own creative urges prompt him to want to build something new. . .all of us are leaders. It isn’t the scope of the task that makes the leader. Leadership is what one does if one wants to wield a healing influence on society. [unpublished draft, p.9]