You are excited about the assignment given to you, at the same time you struggle with your role as leader of indirect reports. You’re not the ‘real boss’, and that makes it difficult to get things done. Seriously? What kind of power are you missing? Do you want to give orders or punish people if they don’t obey? That rarely helps to motivate and inspire the workforce. People will follow you because they respect you and they know they can win with you. Don’t let your own beliefs hold you back, you have what it takes. Just lead them as if these were your direct reports!
You’re under pressure because you definitely started this important project too late. How