No matter how big the gap, here are steps you can take to get where you want to be as a leader.
To get where you want to be, you have to be self aware. Take a hard, honest look in the mirror. Dig deep into your personality and current leadership skills.
What qualities do you want to improve? What new skills do you want to acquire? What strengths do you want to capitalize on? What people skills do you want to get better at? Define where you want to be.
Write down specific steps you're going to take to get there. What books do you need to read? What courses do you need to take? What leader do you need to spend time with? What conference do you need to attend?
You've heard the old saying...if you see a turtle on top of a fence post, he had help getting there. You won't get where you want to be by yourself. You'll have to request help. Ask people who know you to give you honest feedback. Do a 360 review. Ask friends to point out your blind spots. You'll never see them alone. Don't let your insecurities stop you from doing this or you'll never get to where you want to be.
It takes time, tears and tenacity to improve as a leader. It will be painful and joyful at the same time. You will gain ground and then feel like you've lost ground. Don't give up. You will improve and you will get better.
Like never before, we need strong, passionate leaders who are pressing for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus! Be that leader!