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.— Robert K. Greenleaf
Floundering Servant Leadership quotations
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.
He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
Good leaders must first become good servants.
Be a leader by example. Be confident and humble. Love the unloved.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say 'I'.
They don't think 'I'. They think 'we'; they think 'team'.
Servant leadership always empathizes, always accepts the person, but sometimes refuses to accept some of the person's effort or performance as good enough.
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.
Leadership is an action, not a position.
Where there is not community, trust, respect, ethical behavior are difficult for the young to learn and for the old to maintain.
The servant leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve.
Ego can’t sleep. It micro-manages. It disempowers. It reduces our capability. It excels in control.
Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.
...the best leaders are servant leaders - they serve those they lead.
Serving others breaks you free from the shackles of self and self-absorption that choke out the joy of living.
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.
Leadership simply begins with the courage to be yourself. So everyone else can be, too.
Who then is the greatest leader? The one who has served the most.
Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve.
Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. [...] You only need a heart full of grace.
Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.
To have a healthy and thriving business, there must be healthy relationships with the C.E.O.S. in the organization and I'm not referring to the Chief Executive Offficers. I am talking about the Customers, the Employees, the Owner (or stockholders), and the Suppliers.
You only need a heart full of grace
Bosses push, Leaders pull. Real leadership is servant leadership.
A group of donkeys lead by a lion can defeat a group of lions lead by a donkey.
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.
My conclusion: Management is the most noble of professions if it's practiced well. No other occupation offers as many ways to help others learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contribute to the success of a team.
Servant leadership is the foundation and the secret of Sam Walton's ability to achieve team synergy.
Leaders don't force people to follow. They invite others on a journey.
I don't necessarily have to like my players and associates but as their leader I must love them. Love is loyalty, love is teamwork, love respects the dignity of the individual. This is the strength of any organization.
A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
Our top-down pyramid style of management is a very old concept borrowed from centuries of war and monarchies.
The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.
Coaching is the most important servant/leadership element in helping people accomplish their goals.
Slaves do what others want. Servants do what others need.
If you're truly obsessed over customers, it'll cover a lot of errors.
A leader is someone who demonstrates what's possible.
Headship is the divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christlike, servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home.
It's fair to characterise me as competitive and determined, but anyone who works with me will attest to the fact I believe very strongly in the notion of servant leadership.
Organizations exist to serve. Period. Leaders live to serve. Period.
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
What originally led us to serve others by leading them seldom remains our North Star.
Serving others prepares you to lead others.
This is a service station, we offer service. There is no higher purpose.
There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.
I believe in servant leadership, and the servant always asks, 'Where am I needed most?'