And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, (1 Thessalonians 1:6 -- ESV)
Paul is an imitator of our Lord Jesus Christ and he has set himself up to be an example for the Thessalonians to follow. True Christian Leadership is never going to be a "Do as I say, not as I do!" mentality. It will instead be a "Here is how you do it." display.