Epaphras is only mentioned three times in the New Testament. Two of those three are located in Colossians. The third location is Philemon.
However, when we examine these three references, we find why he is a wonderful example of leadership.
Epaphras was a beloved, fellow bondservant of Christ, indicating he was loved, faithful, and a devoted follower of Christ.
He is noted as a fellow prisoner in Christ, indicating he suffered persecution for the sake of Christ.
Epaphras was one who labored earnestly (wrestled) in prayer on behalf of these Christians.
Leaders need to be faithfully devoted to Jesus, willing to suffer for Him, and wrestle in prayer for others.