Unlike the word servant, which has been so much applied to business leadership, shepherd is used in the New Testament exclusively in reference to leaders. Jesus is described as both “the great shepherd” and “the good shepherd.” This is not to say that the analogy applied only to Jesus himself. After his resurrection, for example, Jesus tells Peter to do the work of a shepherd. Peter in turn urges church elders to be shepherds of God’s flock. So too does Paul at Ephesus. Can a Christian CEO apply the attributes of being a shepherd to leading a business organization? I contend that such a fit can indeed be made.
The complete essay is at “Christianized Ethical Leadership.”
 Richard Higginson, Transforming Leadership: A Christian Approach to Management (SPEK: London, 1996), p. 48.
 Hebrews 13:20; John 10:11.
 John 21:15-19.
 1 Peter 5:2.
 Acts 20:28; See Higginson, Transforming Leadership, p. 48.