John Maxwell published a book in 2006 called The 360 Leader. The subtitle is, Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization. On the back there’s a tagline: “Don’t wait for that promotion! Start leading NOW… right where you are!”

Now, that may sound strange, until we come to realize that 99 percent of all leadership doesn’t come from the top. It comes from the middle of the organization.

There are many examples of this type of leadership in the Bible. One great one is Joseph. In the latter part of Genesis, Joseph rose from the shame of slavery to become Pharaoh’s right-hand man, thanks to his leadership among prisoners and the royal court. Ultimately, his faithful leadership meant he could lead his family out of famine. And of course, the ultimate 360-degree leader is Jesus Christ who led heaven and earth in humility from the manger to the cross.

Where can you show more leadership in the year ahead? Wherever it might be, look to Christ as the ultimate Leader and follow Him as you lead others.