William Barclay in his Daily Study Bible: the letter to the Hebrews wrote:
The real leader, if need be, dies in loyalty. He shows men how to live and is prepared to show them how to die. Jesus, having loved his own, loved them to the end; and the real leader having loved Jesus, loves him to the end. His loyalty never stops halfway. (p. 195)
Wow! What a thought.
This raises the question: Am I prepared to show other people how to die?
Maybe that is the wrong way to think about it.
If I am to be the leader my family and church needs, then I have to be an example of loyalty and faith no matter what happens in my life. Attendance my rise and fall, but my confidence remains in Jesus. Health issues may creep in, but I remain faithful to Jesus.