The world says . . . “when you grow old you will be able to make your own decisions, go your own way, and control you own destiny.” But Jesus has a different vision of maturity: It is the ability and willingness to be led where you would not rather go . . . . The servant leader is the leader who is being led to unknown, undesirable, and painful places. The way of the Christian leader is not the way of upward mobility in which our world has invested so much, but the way of downward mobility ending on the cross . . . . It is not a leadership of power and control, but a leadership of powerlessness and humility in which the suffering servant of God, Jesus Christ, is made manifest. Jesus sends us out to be shepherds, and Jesus promises a life in which we increasingly have to stretch our hands and be led to places where we would rather not go.
Henri Nouwen, from In the Name of Jesus