"Do you see someone skilled in their work?
They will serve before kings;
they will not serve before officials of low rank" - Proverbs 22:29.
Success is no accident nor is promotion always a political or random act. God does not promote leaders with potential. He promotes people who have worked hard to develop the potential that He assigned them. That development is referred to as personal or professional growth, and takes place through practice, training, education, mistakes, learning from the mistakes and more practice. This produces what's called skill and customers and companies pay for skill with money, and the leaders who develop it earn a reputation that leads to more promotion and a bigger following.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Obtaining skill is never random. It requires focus, a plan, diligence and time. Author Malcolm Gladwell maintains that it requires 10,000 hours of effort to become an expert in anything, and expert is another word for skilled. Forgetting how young or old you are, into what area of work (or play) do you desire to invest 10,000 hours? How many years will this require? What activities will fill those 10,000 hours? What will you do when you have finished?