The royal rule being like a flock of sheep & their shepherd is a good comparison, for example. He is basically their leader, and the sheep follow the leader.
This royal rule of the shepherd is vilified constantly today, by what many call a dictatorship, with a leader who speaks out to his people.
Monarchy, where the father rules his children, or the master rules his servants, both combined in the relationship of a household ruler, would demonstrate how one ruler over a household operates. The fatherly rule of a household isn't necessarily a static rule -- it is dynamic, ready and able, under the leadership of the household ruler.
Sad, but true, is that the classic image of a one-man ruler is vilified all the same. They cry out, "That's AUTOCRACY!" As if auto, meaning "self" and the overall meaning "self-rule" simply meant for the sake of the self only, but even an autocracy could be for the sake of their welfare rather than his own. That is why, Jean Bodin says, that his praise of Monarchy & many others praise of that form of government, wasn't flattery, but necessarily for the political good that government was in one sovereign's hand, to help direct and govern this flock.
People like -auto, meaning self, in words like autonomy or automobile, but autocracy meaning someone's self doesn't really mean for partiality like certain anons would desperately try to imply, & would be synonymous with Monarchy, seeing as one person is also conjoined with one's self also. Self-rule is another ball park from "rule for self". Some constitutionalists like to single this out on Monarchy b/c they want to show how feeble Monarchy itself is from their pov, or that it must be partiality in spite of the mixture of government for the sake of the whole... but forgetting the pre-eminence of Monarchy, where the Monarch becomes like the whole in relation to the part and becomes the political good. That's why, they say, that you shouldn't separate the weal of the kingdom from the king, seeing as how Monarchy is a government where the public and private interest are conjoined and manifest through one person.