Here are four principles of leadership we see in Matthew 20:25-28, Matthew 23:8-11 (note: that text is on leadership!), and 1 Peter 5:1-5:
- Leaders are not an elite class with special privileges (that’s Matthew 23:8-11).
- Leaders should not see themselves as privileged or entitled.
- Leaders should not use their power for personal enrichment or to unfairly maintain their power.
- Leaders are not to approach people from above, as a virtuoso. Instead, they are to take a position alongside, as a fellow traveler, a partner sharing the same burdens. They look across at others, not down. (Note Peter’s approach in 1 Peter 5:1-4.)