Sometimes we lead by position, because we possess the title of leader and are even paid to be the leader sometimes. Sometimes, though, we lead by our influence only. Perhaps we are not the positional or recognized leader, but people end up looking to us as leaders. This is influential leadership and is as old as time itself.
I saw this recently when I was reading from the book of 1 Chronicles. In chapter 11 before King David was king I read; In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord your God said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prime over my people Israel.’
David was to be Israel’s shepherd. It’s interesting that God was telling him he would be shepherd and not king. Shepherds aren’t usually looked up to as leaders but here David was being put onto the position of shepherd.
True leaders lead! They lead regardless of their title or position. This can be where our leadership gets its foundation. We usually don’t start out in an organization as the top leader but we can still lead with our influence. People want to follow those who lead well ,those who are servant leaders, those who lead with integrity and truly care for those who follow, regardless of their title. We don’t need a title for this; only the mantle of leadership that God places on us.