Shepherd Leadership vs. Servant Leadership

Shepherd leadership doesn’t replace servant leadership, it deepens it.
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By Holly Culhane

It’s been a privilege to teach, train, and facilitate conversations about servant leadership for over 30 years. The journey has been rich and rewarding. And, of course, it has always stretched me.

Why then have I now turned my attention to shepherd leadership? Well, as I looked more closely at what Scripture taught about leading, the message went far beyond service to sacrifice. From the Father’s admonitions of the leaders of Israel, to David’s description of a perfect leader in Psalm 23, from the behaviors Jesus demonstrated as He walked this earth, to the example of the disciples’ lives after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, the message is clear: effective influence – leading well those you impact – requires both service and sacrifice.

It isn’t an either/or proposition, but a both/and imperative.

Shepherd leadership doesn’t replace servant leadership, it deepens it.



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