Quotes on Servant Leadership

Quotes on Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is a timeless concept but the phrase “servant leadership” was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in “The Servant as Leader.” This was an essay that he first published in 1970. In it he said:

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.”

Here are some other quotes on servant leadership

Good leaders must first become good servants. Robert Greenleaf

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams

True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not to enrich the leader. John C. Maxwell

Servant-leadership is more than a concept, it is a fact. Any great leader, by which I also mean an ethical leader of any group, will see herself or himself as a servant of that group and will act accordingly. M. Scott Peck

Whatever our career may be, true leadership means to receive power from God and to use it under Gods rule to serve people in Gods way. Leighton Ford

We are here to add what we can to, not get what we can from life. Sir William Osler

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Lao Tzu

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. Max De Pree

A Godly Leader finds strength by realizing his weakness, finds authority by being under authority, finds direction by laying down his own plans, finds vision by seeing the needs of others, finds credibility by being an example, finds loyalty by expressing compassion, finds honor by being faithful, finds greatness by being a servant. Roy Lessin

We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead. Anon

“Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.   Marian Anderson

Thanks to  John Sachem, Yahoo! Contributor Network

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