The Benevolent Dictator is a person who calls himself as benevolent, while everyone thinks he is a dictator. Therefore he is the benevolent dictator, for everyone's ironical satisfaction.
He is the perfect mascot for the maxim - "The boss is always right." This comes from having been always right for a thousand years or at least having thought so. He is like a man at the mountaintop, everybody looks small to him and he looks small to everybody else.
During first century Palestine people took their leadership cues from a power-crazed Roman Empire. So it seemed a paradox for the disciples to watch Jesus. Today too, unfortunately, we emulate oppressive models prominent in our culture - whether it be the CEO model of business tycoons, the Indian Guru-shishya mindset, the Tribal Chief of the North East, the Communist Dada in Bengal... and, of course the benevolent dictator, who knows what is best for the rest of the imbeciles. And who is incapable of any form of partnering in leadership.
What a contrast then, a refreshing contrast, for Jesus to say -
"You've observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It's not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage." (Matthew 20: 25-28 The Message)So what kind of leader do you want to become? No point in talking about what kind of leaders you have. No point in washing dirty linen in public. No point in going on a fault-finding spree. No point in attempting to teach an old dog new tricks. It is better to become the one who can make a difference, and take on true Christ-likeness.