Jesus defined leadership like this:
But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.Â (Mark 10:43-44 ESV)
So, a leader is one who serves. And, Jesus defined service like this:
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45 ESV)
If someone is not giving up something costly (i.e., even his/her life) for other people, then that person is not serving. If that person is not serving, then he/she is not a leader and should not be followed.
It’s really rather simple. We should not measure our leaders by their education, speaking abilities, or giftedness. Leaders are those who serve.
If we are not following servants, then we are not following the leaders that God has placed in our lives. (By the way, if we are not imitating the servants, then we are not following them.)
(Can you find the leader in the picture?)