As a man, I feel that there is an obligation to be a leader. A leader in the work place, in your family, in your church, in every and all settings. Being a leader does NOT mean being in charge. It means doing the absolute best you can with the tools that you've been given.
Martin Luther wrote, "The prince should think: Christ has served me and made everything to follow him; therefore, I should also serve my neighbor, protect him and everything that belongs to him. That is why God has given me this office, and I have it that I might serve him. That would be a good prince and ruler. When a prince sees his neighbor oppressed, he should think: That concerns me! I must protect and shield my neighbor....The same is true for shoemaker, tailor, scribe, or reader. If he is a Christian tailor, he will say: I make these clothes because God has bidden me do so, so that I can earn a living, so that I can help and serve my neighbor. When a Christian does not serve the other, God is not present; that is not Christian living."
There is a great coach that I follow named Zach Even-Esh. (If you want to get fired up, check out some of his videos and blog posts. He is ALWAYS fired up) He is always talking about the "RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE." That should describe every Christian man's life. It's the same thing we're told in Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for human masters."
You don't have to be on a street corner with a megaphone, but you NEED to stop coasting, just doing the minimum to get by. That is weakness. It is unacceptable and it is disrespectful to yourself, to those around you, and to your Creator. Whether you're a janitor going above and beyond or a mechanic doing great work at a fair price, do what you do at the highest level you can, constantly improving. Use the gifts, situations, and opportunities that you've been given to demonstrate your love of Christ through your pursuit of excellence. That way you're serving others the best you possibly can, and the people around you have no choice but to acknowledge that pursuit, and THAT gives you a platform. THAT gives you influence. THAT is how you share Christ in your life.
THAT IS HOW YOU LEAD.
Check out this video of Brandon Marshall. Here's a guy using his gifts and opportunities to lead. How can you be a leader? Let me know in the comments.