Today's verses are Mark 6:27-30: "And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head.  He went and beheaded him in the prison and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother.  When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb." Herod Antipas fulfilled his vow to Salome and had John the Baptist beheaded.  His head was brought to Salome and she gave it to Herodias, her mother.  Herodias' revenge had now been completed.  John's disciples came and lay the body in the tomb.

In my opinion, this evil deed primarily rests on the shoulders of Herod Antipas.  He could have stopped it at any moment.  He could have stood up to his wife, Herodias, and said, "No, I will not have John killed."  He could have said to his guests, "To my great embarrassment, I made a rash decision.  It was a mistake.  I'm sorry.  I will not have John killed."  But he didn't.  He allowed his desire for acceptance to cause a stupid vow to become an even worse decision.

Herod Antipas forgot the purpose of leadership.  The purpose of leadership is not to use people to get what you want.  The purpose of leadership is to serve people to help them get what they want.

Servant leadership is always the best way to lead.  Jesus gave an example of this kind of leadership when he washed his disciples' feet.  With this act he was saying to his disciples that their job was to serve others, not use others.

If anyone is following you today, in your job, or at home, or as you lead in the community, always remember the purpose of leadership: to serve others and help them become all God created them to be.

It will always be the most effective leadership style.  John the Baptist's fate would have been entirely different if Herod Antipas had understood this truth.