"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
If we are to be Godly leaders, we must understand and apply Servant Leadership.
The concept is quite easy to understand. We are called to be a servant of God and the Brethren whilst leading the Church. This is quite a difficult thing for many of us who are leaders (myself included). We tend to puff up with pride and lord over others. We put our interests ahead of the interests of others, doing all that we can to further our influence and perceived dominion. This is extremely evil, and we cannot lead according to God's commands if we do this.
Therefore, we must not, "look out for (our) own interests, but also the interests of others". Our leadership should bring help to those in need, bring chastisement to those who need chastised, and equip the Brethren for the battle which rages on.
However, we must remember that our purpose as leaders is not just to serve and strengthen the Church. Rather, our Supreme Goal is to, "do all for the Glory of God."
Brothers, let us move forward as future leaders of the Church and eternal Servants of God. All glory to His Name.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
Kingdom without end.