There was a period, some time back, when the phrase "Servant Leadership" was popular. That's what this sounds kinda like (I haven't yet looked at the link).
In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul tells us to have the same attitude Jesus had. It's an attitude of One who, in position, was the exact opposite of a servant, but who humbled Himself so as to serve God and man. He was the greatest Leader ever while on earth, but He was a slave at the same time.
I am reminded of this when I see a leader, such as where I am employed, having more of an attitude of being over others and having a power trip, rather than being an example of what he or she is looking for out of others. Those who are an example and don't lord it over others, but still expect the job to be done, are the most respected.
Thanks for the OP; good topic.