Many of us here speak to the importance of not falling into the trap of a dictatorial style of leadership. The NT is clear on a pattern of shared leadership in a congregation. Scripture is also clear that their ought to be a strong leader who leads the leaders. Getz gives great clarity on this dynamic.
Let me encourage especially those in leadership to get this book by Getz.
Quote from Getz:
".....One of the great principles that grabbed my attention during this preocess was "plurality in leadership." I'd always enjoyed working with a "team," but as I ventured into church planting, I became even more committed to this concept. I saw no other "plan" in the New Testament story - and still don't. To be perfectly honest, I have always been very disapointed with what I've percieved to be ministries built around personality and abilities of a single leader.
Let me be perfectly honest. I was initially so committed to the principle of plurality in leadership that I, at times, downplayed and, in some respects, denied how important it is to have a strong primary leader. When I was asked, "Who leads the Church?" I would alwyas say, "The elders." In essence, that was a very true statement. And I was then asked, "Who leads the elders?" I'd answer, "We lead the church, together." Again, this was a true response , but I didn't answer the question adequately. The facts are that "I lead the elders" and together "we led the church." I was then and always have been, the primary leader in the Fellowship churches where I've served as senior pastor. Unfortunately, in those early years, I communicated a "model of leadership" i was not in actuality practicing.
It didn't take me long to discover I was overreacting to what I still believe is a distortion of what God intended in the realm of local church leadership. I needed to discover a balance....."
(Gene Getz - Elders and Leaders: God's Plan for Leading the Church - Moody Publishers, 2003 - quote from page 18)