The boss isn't the only leader. Leaders insipre, managers execute. Everyone (anyone) can be the leader. Don't wait for approval, jump in and start to drive change according to your clearly stated vision.
Announce your successes. Record, quantify and announce every success. Continually. Tell the story of struggle to overcvome great odds. A story of working against the masses, and a story of eventual victory. Inspire others with the feats of the heroic few.
Recruit through story telling. Your vision is the most powerful thing you have to drive change. Paint the vision clearly and often. Back it up with early success stories. Makie it a tale that will evolve as the initiative and project evolves.
Wash, rincse, and repeat...