Thought #1 - With some positions on teams, leadership is expected. In other positions, it is usually earned.
Thought #2 - Whether leadership is expected or earned, a leader's actions tend to speak louder than words. If you use words, use them wisely (and prudently).
Thought #3 - The players may change, but the team remains.
Thought #4 (and 5 and 6) - Since the players will change, if you care about the success of the team you need to keep these two things in mind:
- How well you do your part on the team will set the standard for your successor, so do it well and set it high.
- Make some room "at the table" for the next generation of leaders to join the team.