23 Quotes About Being a Servant Leader


One of the biggest traits to being a leader is embracing the qualities of servitude. These quotes about being a servant leader capture the unique characteristics of these individuals.

“The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, The companies that survive are the ones that work out what they uniquely can give to the world–not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy.”

“A true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first.”

“Allow the way to your great work to be guided by your service to others.”

“Authority: the skill of getting people to willingly do your will, because of your personal influence.”

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

“Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.”

“In the wired world of the 21st century, advancing shared values creates value.”

“Integrity is a powerful force, keeping you alive to others long after you’ve left their presence.”

“It’s not about trying to find something to help you be a more effective leader. It’s about trying to be a better person. The other will follow.”

“Leadership is not an affair of the head. Leadership is an affair of the heart.”

“Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

“Listen for the call of your destiny, and when it comes, release your plans and follow.”

“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

“Servant leadership is all about making the goals clear and then rolling your sleeves up and doing whatever it takes to help people win. In that situation, they don’t work for you; you work for them.”

“Serving others prepares you to lead others.”

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

“The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves.”

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”

“The miracle is this–the more we share, the more we have.”

“Twenty-first-century leadership relationship dynamics are from the bottom up rather than the top down; from the outside in, rather than the inside out.”

“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. -William Arthur Ward”

“You can have anything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want.”

“Your rewards in life will be in direct proportion to the value of your service to others.”

There is positive power with embracing a servant style leadership.

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