Almost every time I give a keynote on innovation, I am asked by a new professional (or two, or three..) about how they can go about driving change in their organization from the "bottom of the totem pole." The secret to accomplishing leadership from an entry or mid-level position can often be found in the "unwanted" tasks.
It is a choice to embrace an altered state, i.e. a transformation. Once you are successful with a transformation, your organization is equipped to replicate the success. Transformation provides a built-in learning opportunity for everyone in your organization, which makes the organization nimble and eager to take on new things.