I prefer to be a leading member in a group project.
The first reason is that it places you in the spotlight. Some people may believe that its disadvantages outweigh its advantages. In my opinion, attention is better than being ignored. Furthermore, when you have something to lose, you will perform better. Few can remember the men in the trenches, but many remember the men leading their fellow men to achieve great things.
Second, one of the most important reasons for becoming the leader in a group is the ability to make a difference. Leaders make decisions that have far-reaching ramifications for a group larger than themselves. Followers are at the mercy of their leaders and do not have this ability. If you have a dream of your own that you can't achieve without the help of a lot of people, you'll need leadership skills to get them behind you.
in the spotlight：在聚光灯下，意为成为公众人物
disadvantages outweigh advantages：弊大于利
in the trenches：在战壕里的人，意为在一个大事件之中的普通人、非关键人物
at the mercy of：受……支配