John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
(Luke 3:16)
John was referring to the Lord Jesus.
An effective leader is able to recognize their own replacement rising from a distance and is humble enough to step aside to let them shine.
When we recognize Jesus as the Ruler of our hearts He will rise in our lives to shine through us.