“So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45 NLT)

I’ve read and even studied this passage dozens of times in my life. But today, the phrase, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant” really jumped out at me.

Based on this requirement, there are people who may have positional leadership, but aren’t leaders.

We can be the manager at our job, the head of our household or even the CEO of a major corporation….

But we still won’t be a leader unless we’re serving our team.

Today, I encourage you to forget your title and just focus on serving others:

Would you rather someone introduce you as their boss or their mentor?

Would you rather have the required respect of your team, or their earned trust?

Not a leader by title? Be one by actions. Be faithful where you are now by serving your company & customers well.

True leadership isn’t a position. It’s a behavior.

John Maxwell puts in this way: “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”

Who will you influence today?