If you don’t consider yourself a leader, you aren’t going to seek out leadership training and education. You’re most likely going to look for management training instead. Which, again, isn’t a big deal – as I’ve mentioned in the past, most leaders are also managers, so yes, learning how to be a better manager is worth it. But as I’ve mentioned before – managing and leading are two different skills, and require two different skill sets. They also require different training. And that’s where leaders not identifying as leaders starts to become a problem.
If you’re a leader, but you’re not seeking leadership training because you don’t think of yourself as a leader – most likely, you’re going to get stuck in a rut with your leadership skills progression. And if you want to be the kind of leader your team will happily work for – it’s not good to be stuck in the same place.
I also think there’s a bit of imposter-syndrome at play here, too. Leaders often think they didn’t earn the influence they have or the title of leader, which can have a negative impact on those they lead. Leaders do need a healthy level of self-confidence to be an effective leader; imposter-syndrome can completely wipe that self-confidence out. So if you don’t identify as a leader because you don’t think you are one, or you’re not a good enough one – maybe take a look at that, as well.