If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. (John Quincy Adams, sixth U.S. president)

Nineteenth century author and orator Robert Ingersoll put it more simply, “We rise by lifting others.” The purpose of leadership is not just to assemble a team that can achieve a certain objective—as important as that is, but also to develop the individual members of that team. Check Adams’ definition of a leader again. The development of others is the real goal.

If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. (Romans 12:8)