This passage paints a picture of authority in the idiom of Christ that is full, wise, and beautiful. Returning to it three times a year as I read through the Rule clears my vision and strengthens my intention. Inasmuch as I am called by God into positions of leadership, I desire to lead in this manner and no other.
A poignant example from this passage shows our Father Benedict's vision of authority to be in the best interest of all:
Taking [Scriptural] examples of discretion, the mother of virtues, let her so temper all things that the strong may have something to strive after, and the weak may not fall back in dismay.
Let her know that her duty is rather to profit her sisters than to preside over them. She must therefore be learned in the divine law, that she may have a treasure of knowledge from which to bring forth new things and old.
Let her not be excitable and worried, nor exacting and headstrong, nor jealous and over-suspicious; for then she is never at rest.