If you're a people manager and you have an opportunity to take part in a project or experience, work or non-work related, that puts you in a setting where you are not a leader, I highly encourage you to take it. At a minimum, you will develop more empathy and be more capable and willing to build authentic connection with your team.
Do you generate a profit for your organization? No matter what your title is, or where you appear on the organization chart, if you are to be of value to your company, you must be able to demonstrate the value of the ROI. Your company is investing in you and will inevitably be asking, "What's in it for us?"