We know of three main leadership styles. One is the hands off style: it gives minimal direction to people. Another is the autocratic style: in it, the leader closely controls people. A third is the participative style: it is a happy medium between the first two. But another vital principle for getting results is servant leadership. A servant leader’s first ambition is to serve. Leading is that person’s second ambition. Servant leaders want to see others grow and achieve. The apostle Peter urged that kind of leadership. He wrote about it in 1 Peter 5. First, he reminded his readers that he had been a witness to Christ’s sufferings. Now as an elder in his church, he appeals to other leaders this way: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly–not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over God’s people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” So for all who lead anywhere –home, church, school, community, business, or government, let Peter’s counsel be your guide.
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