Mark 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
Biblical leadership is completely different than worldly or secular leadership. They rule over we serve. As God prepares you to go as a missionary servant of His just remember that that is exactly how He would have you go. Go serving. Do not try to get them to follow or listen to you until you gain their respect. You have to earn the right to be heard or to lead.