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400 Inspiring Servant Leadership Quotes (2023)

1. “Servant leaders don’t think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less often”.


2. “Serving people means growing their capacity and implies that everyone can contribute.”


3. “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.”


4. “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.”


5. “Good leaders must first become good servants.” — Robert K. Greenleaf


6. “To servant leaders, leadership is about serving first”.


7. “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” — Albert Schweitzer


8. “The key question a servant leader should ask is: what can I do for you?”


9. “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.”


10. “Of all the things that sustain a leader over time, love is the most lasting. The best-kept secret of successful leaders is love: staying in love with leading, with the people who do the work, with what their organizations produce, and with those who honor the organization by using its work.” -James Kouzes and Barry Posner in The Leadership Challenge.


11. NOTHING THAT YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN AWAY WILL EVER BE REALLY YOURS.


12. “The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one’s capacity to lead is severely limited.” -Robert Greenleaf


13. “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”


14. “Great leaders must stand by their principles in difficult situations. That’s easier to do when you know that you’re serving others and why”.


15. Progress doesn't happen all at once; it's a slow grind. But a commitment to serving as an agent of positive change will bring us closer one step closer. -Mitzi Miller


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


17. “The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one’s capacity to lead is severely limited.”


18. “A leader … is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”


19. “By contrast, ego-driven leaders who micro-manage and are insecure about sharing credit can destroy trust and stifle innovation”.


20. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


21. “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”


22. Winston Churchill’s quotes about service and leadership


23. “Servant leadership is the foundation and the secret of Sam Walton’s ability to achieve team synergy.” — Michael Bergdahl


24. “Even if you are retired, you still have a responsibility to be a servant leader in society. Your talents are needed in the community. Live on purpose. Thrive, give back, and make a difference where you are.”


25. Servant leadership quotes


26. “According to Scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It’s not about style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one”. –John MacArthur


27. “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.” -James A. Autry in Practicing Servant Leadership


28. “And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.”


29. “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


30. “Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front.” - Nelson Mandela


31. “Servant Leadership begins with self-examination.” — Cheryl Bachelder


32. “Let your light shine as an inspiration to humanity and be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.” – Germany Kent


33. “All The Love That was Told”, A Worship Poem From L.Willows (See Jesus, Grace, Hope, Faith)


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


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


36. “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


37. Whatever our dreams, ideas or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it and then reap the fruits of our labor. -Oprah Winfrey


38. “Always seek to learn: The leader is always learning new things and gaining new insights.” - Artika Tyner


39. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” -Lao Tzu


40. “It’s often better to ask questions than to dispense answers”.


41. “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.”


42. “Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.” - Shirley Chisholm


43. “The Inclusive Leader” is a Finalist in IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards


44. “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


45. If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time. -Marian Wright Edelman


46. “Slaves do what others want, while servants give what others need”.


47. “A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back - but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.” - Marian Wright Edelman


48. “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”


49. THERE ARE FAR, FAR BETTER THINGS AHEAD THAN ANY WE LEAVE BEHIND.


50. “Make A Name (The Sonnet)


51. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


52. “Leadership is an opportunity to serve.” — J. Donald Walters


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


54. “I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” - Albert Schweitzer


55. Service based leadership by Mahatma Gandhi


56. “Servant leaders possess courage, they risk failure, they provide leadership that will take followers to places they have never been before”.


57. “In a servant leadership culture we learn by choice or example that if we want to be great, we have to serve others respectfully.”


58. “Covenant Prayer from Valley of Vision”, Puritan Prayer (Lordship of Jesus Christ, Promise, Blessing)


59. “Trust is earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.” ~ Brené Brown


60. Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.


61. “There has been a strong tendency among leadership scholars and journalists to treat leaders as isolated heroes, controlling and commanding others from within their ivory towers”.


62. “It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service.” — Albert Einstein


63. “It takes more than a busy church, a friendly church, or even an evangelical church to impact a community for Christ. It must be a church ablaze, led by leaders who are ablaze for God”. —Wesley L. Duewel


64. “Authentic leadership is the full expression of ‘me’ for the benefit of ‘we’.” - Henna Inam


65. “Who then is the greatest leader? The one who has served the most.” - James Hunter


66. “The true heroes of the new millennium will be servant leaders, quietly working out of the spotlight to transform our world.” ― Ann McGee-Cooper


67. “We must serve before we can lead.” — William Arthur Ward


68. “In the wired world of the twenty-first century, advancing shared values creates value.” -Serve to Lead


69. “Leaders of organisations that go from good to great, start not with the ‘where’ but the ‘who’. They start with getting the right people on the bus, and sitting those right people in the right seats”.


70. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” ~Bill Gates


71. “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.” -John Wooden


72. “Leadership is not about your ambition. It is about bringing out the ambitions of your team.” - Cheryl A. Bachelder


73. “You take people as far as they will go not as far as you would like them to go.”


74. “Become a faithful servant. Cultivate wisdom, courage, faith, and resilience.”


75. “In the wired world of the 21st century, advancing shared values creates value.” -James M. Strock in Serve to Lead


76. “Immortality is cosmic heirloom of the mortal who is martyred for humanity.”


77. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill


78. “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.” – James A. Autry in Practicing Servant Leadership


79. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill


80. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~Mahatma Gandhi


81. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.


82. “Growth by definition, requires change. Change requires renewal, leaders must provide training and development opportunities to grow”.


83. “Christian Servant Leadership; Qualities, Quotes, and Scripture”, from C.S. Lewis & Servant Leaders (Humility, Shepherding, Character)


84. “A leader … is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” ~Nelson Mandela


85. “Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.” – Shirley Chisholm


86. “I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.” ~Princess Diana


87. “The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.”


88. “If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.” — Lao Tzu


89. “The amount of time we give to something indicates its importance to us.” - Jim George


90. “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. Serve and thou shall be served.”


91. If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.


92. “And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”


93. The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does,. whoever he is.


94. 15 Servant leadership quotes


95. “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.” - Tom Peters


96. “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” - John Maxwell


97. “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”


98. “Organizations exist to serve. Period. Leaders live to serve. Period.” — Tom Peters


99. “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


100. “A true shepherd leads the way. He does not merely point the way.” — Leonard Ravenhill


101. “Money is in some respects life’s fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.” — P. T. Barnum


102. “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.”


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


104. “A true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first.” -Robert Greenleaf


105. “Big organisations with strict bureaucratic hierarchies have trouble holding on to innovative employees”.


106. “You lead your own heart first, then the flock.” “The twin graces of a gospel leader are humility and boldness.” (Acts 20:28) “Your ability to listen to other people has everything to do with your ability to listen to God”. –Tom Holliday, Pastor, Alexandria Presbyterian Church


107. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker Washington


108. “The heart of the leader is manifested through service to others.” ― Artika Tyner


109. “The servant leader is servant first … It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. The conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead … The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant—first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served.” ~Robert K. Greenleaf


110. “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.” — Mahatma Gandhi


111. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” ~Jim Rohn


112. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” - Martin Luther King Jr.


113. “Be nice to people... maybe it'll be unappreciated, unreciprocated, or ignored, but spread the love anyway. We rise by lifting others.”


114. “An existential threat”: Endless summer could melt NSW’s $700m snow season by 2050


115. Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.


116. “I ask you not to chant my name,


117. “It's been said that everything rises and falls on leadership, and the best type of leader is a servant leader. For me, my life as a kingmaker includes serving.” - Cary Hokama


118. “Let others see their own greatness when looking in your eyes.” - Mollie Marti


119. “Servant leadership is easy for people with high self-esteem. Such people have no problem giving credit to others. They have no problem listening to other people for ideas. They have no problem in building other people up.”


120. “…When you choose the paradigm of service, looking at life through that paradigm, it turns everything you do from a job into a gift.” – Oprah Winfrey


121. “Prayer; Filling our Souls with Heaven” by David MacIntyre, author of The Hidden Life of Prayer (Near to God, Ascent of the Soul, Prayer Resources)


122. “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.” -James M. Strock in Serve to Lead


123. “Never when in authority rebuke anyone in anger, but only when anger has passed away; and so shall the rebuke bring forth good fruit.” – Teresa of Avila


124. “You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” - Shirley Chisholm


125. “Authority: the skill of getting people to willingly do your will, because of your personal influence.” -James C. Hunter in The Servant


126. “But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”


127. “We don’t create value in the world, except by serving.” — John Stahl-wert


128. “Service is the very purpose of life. It is the rent we pay for living on the planet.” ― Marian Wright Edelman


129. “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” ~Simon Sinek


130. “The job of a leader is to help people succeed”


131. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates.


132. Servitude leadership by Laozi


133. “If you can’t handle others’ disapproval, then leadership isn’t for you.”


134. “Each life experience poses this question: how do you want to be changed because of me?”


135. “Servant leaders put other people’s needs, aspirations and interests above their own”.


136. “A true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first.” ― Robert Greenleaf


137. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”


138. “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.”


139. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” - Winston Churchill


140. “Before we too can move mountains, we must learn to walk the daily grind, one quiet step at a time. We must learn to serve before we can lead.”


141. “The sacrifice ‘of’ self for the greater good is the greatest calling imaginable, and it is the bedrock of the greatest nations. The sacrifice ‘for’ self is the most pathetic calling imaginable, and it is the quicksand within which nations perish.”


142. Service leadership quotes by Robert Greenleaf


143. “Heart of Peace”, a poem by L. Willows (Heart of God, Overcome, Blessing, True Peace)


144. “My research debunks the myth that many people seem to have. . . that you become a leader by fighting your way to the top. Rather, you become a leader by helping others to the top. Helping your employees is as important as, and many times more so than, trying to get the most work out of them.” -William Cohen in The Stuff of Heroes: The Eight Universal Laws of Leadership


145. “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.” ― James A


146. “Good leaders must first become good servants.”


147. “Serving others prepares you to lead others.”


148. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”


149. “Christian Servant Leadership -Quotes, and Scripture” from C.S. Lewis & Servant Leaders (humility, shepherding, servant of God)


150. “The first order of things to be changed is me, the leader. After I consider how hard it is to change myself, then I will understand the challenge of trying to change others. This is the ultimate test of leadership”. – John Maxwell


151. “Serving others prepares you to lead others.” ― Jim George


152. “Life becomes a dilemma when you are living a purposeless and goalless life” - Sunday Adelaja


153. “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” ― Woodrow Wilson


154. “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” - Albert Schweitzer


155. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”


156. “Servant leadership is all about making the goals clear, and then rolling your sleeves up and doing whatever it takes to help people win.” ~Ken Blanchard


157. “I believe that government is the servant of the people and not their master.” — David Rockefeller


158. “You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” - M. Scott Peck


159. Subservient leadership quotes by James M. Strock


160. “True leadership is servanthood. Put the interests of others at the center of your decisions.”


161. “Serving people means growing their capacity and implies that everyone can contribute.” ― Juana Bordas


162. “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.”


163. “Bosses push, Leaders pull. Real leadership is servant leadership.” — Dave Ramsey


164. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” –-Martin Luther King Jr.


165. “A leader who cheers those around him, offering specific praise for things done right, is a leader who will win the hearts of others and see great things accomplished”.


166. “In a servant leadership culture we learn by choice or example that if we want to be great, we have to serve others respectfully.” ― Vern Dosch


167. “Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.” - Marian Wright Edelman


168. “Serving people means growing their capacity and implies that everyone can contribute.” ~Juana Bordas


169. Followership vs servant leadership


170. “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 DePree


171. “Your value lies not in status or title, but in the roots of your character and depth of your compassion.” - Mollie Marti


172. “Service is the very purpose of life. It is the rent we pay for living on the planet.” — Marian Wright Edelman


173. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus” — Martin Luther King Jr


174. “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


175. “The servant-leader is the 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.”


176. “If every citizen should recite their national anthem daily, you will develop love to serve your country better.” – Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!


177. “There is great joy in leading with authority, which is serving others by meeting their legitimate needs.” — James C. Hunter


178. “The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.” -Rabbi Harold Kushner


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


180. “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.”–Robert K. Greenleaf


181. “The words ‘I Love You’ kill, and resurrect millions, in less than a second.” - Aberjhani


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


183. We are what we believe we are.


184. Famous servant leaders


185. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.


186. “The first servant-leader in any successful organization is its founder.”


187. “The greatest among you shall be your servant.”


188. Servant leadership John Maxwell


189. “You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.” ~Aung San Suu Kyi


190. “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.” -Charles Handy in The Search for Meaning


191. “A story untold could be the one that kills you.” - Pat Conroy


192. “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


193. “We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like.” - Dave Ramsey


194. “Every leader should ask: what specifically have I done today to be directly of service to the people I lead?”


195. “It always seems impossible, until it is done.” - Nelson Mandela


196. “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” — Ken Blanchard


197. “The Glory of God”, J.I.Packer expounds on Jonathan Edward’s treatise (Enjoying God, Hope, Heavenly Joy, Grace)


198. “Authority is always built on service and sacrifice.” — James C. Hunter


199. In a servant leadership culture we learn by choice or example that if we want to be great, we have to serve others respectfully. - Author: Vern Dosch


200. “Of all the things that sustain a leader over time, love is the most lasting. The best-kept secret of successful leaders is love: staying in love with leading, with the people who do the work, with what their organizations produce, and with those who honor the organization by using its work.”


201. “It has generally been my experience that the very top people of truly great organizations are servant-leaders.” ― Stephen Covey


202. Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth. -Shirley Chisholm


203. “Servant leadership teaches us that you have to lay your cards on the table.” — Warren G. Bennis


204. “Your rewards in life will be in direct proportion to the value of your service to others.” -Brian Tracy in The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success


205. “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”


206. “A life without a cause is a life without effect.” – Paulo Coelho


207. “A noble leader answers not to the trumpet calls of self promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity.”


208. “Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


209. “The miracle is this–the more we share, the more we have.” -Leonard Nimoy


210. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.


211. “I’m tired of hearing about servant leadership…because there is not any other kind.” — @PatrickLencioni #GLS14


212. “He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.” — Plato


213. “If leadership serves only the leader, it will fail.” — Sheila Murray


214. “We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt


215. If you can’t feed one hundred people, then just feed one. -Mother Teresa


216. ”Servant leaders can be seen as challenging by those using other models, particularly power models, because awareness of different worldviews can be confrontational for some individuals”.


217. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Teresa


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


219. “Worry not that your child listens to you; worry most that they watch you.” - Ronald A. Heifetz


220. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires but in his integrity and in his ability to affect those around him positively.”


221. “Micromanagement is the destroyer of momentum.” - Miles Anthony Smith


222. “A true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first.” - Lyssa Adkins


223. Servant hearted leadership quotes by M. Scott Peck


224. “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”. —John C. Maxwell


225. “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”


226. “Seek justice: Make a commitment to serve the needs of the ‘least of these’ and give voice to the voiceless.” - Artika Tyner


227. “The heart of the learner is humble, the student is not above his master, he must learn to lead, Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-25 “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”. “You offer yourself to Him. We do that to the Power to make ourselves Holy. Without Effort. It is His Effort. Not our own. It is Divine Power.” —Tom Holliday, Alexandria Presbyterian Church


228. “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” ― John C. Maxwell


229. “There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity” - Tom Peters


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


231. “Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself—to serve.” ― Wm. Paul Young


232. “Effective leaders connect people to a pursuit or objective larger than themselves”.


233. “Coaching is the most important servant/leadership element in helping people accomplish their goals.” — Bill Hybels


234. “Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


235. No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights.


236. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”


237. “ We must learn before we can prepare, We must prepare before we can serve, We must serve before we can lead.”


238. “Crisis reveals character.”


239. “For your own good, for the good of your family and your future, grow a backbone. When something is wrong, stand up and say it is wrong, and don't back down.” - Dave Ramsey


240. “All my jobs have been with food in one way or another since 1948. My parents were in the hotel business, and I just loved the warm-hearted people who worked so hard with such good humor.” - Graham Kerr


241. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


242. “The only test of leadership is that somebody follows.” — Robert K. Greenleaf


243. “The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.” – John Stott


244. “The most impressive leaders set aside their egos and focus on empowering their people”.


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


246. “One of the best ways I can show my son to be a servant leader is to serve my wife.” — Matt Tenney


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


248. “Prayer in action is love, love in action is service.” - Mother Teresa


249. “As a leader, it’s a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow.” ~Himanshu Bhatia


250. “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” ~Michelle Obama


251. “The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one’s capacity to lead is severely limited.” – Robert Greenleaf


252. “If leadership serves only the leader, it will fail. Ego satisfaction, financial gain, and status can all be valuable tools for a leader, but if they become the only motivations, they will eventually destroy a leader. Only when service for a common good is the primary purpose are you truly leading.” -Sheila Murray Bethel in Making a Difference: 12 Qualities That Make You a Leader


253. “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.” – Carla Nortcutt


254. “It has generally been my experience that the very top people of truly great organisations are servant-leaders.”


255. “A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation. Such were Moses and David and the Old Testament prophets. I think there was hardly a great leader from Paul to the present day but that was drafted by the Holy Spirit for the task, and commissioned by the Lord of the Church to fill a position he had little heart for. I believe it might be accepted as a fairly reliable rule of thumb that the man who is ambitious to lead is disqualified as a leader. The true leader will have no desire to lord it over God’s heritage, but will be humble, gentle, self-sacrificing, and altogether as ready to follow as to lead, when the Spirit makes it clear that a wiser and more gifted man than himself has appeared.” — A.W. Tozer


256. “The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.” – Rabbi Harold Kushner


257. John Adams quotes on leadership


258. I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change… I’m changing the things I cannot accept. -Angela Davis


259. Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman


260. “One of the topics I’m most passionate about is servant leadership—the greatest leaders recognize that they’re here to serve, not to be served.” — Ken Blanchard


261. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” ~Sheryl Sandberg


262. “Let your light shine as an inspiration to humanity and BE THE REASON someone believes in the goodness of people.”


263. “The utmost form of respect is to give sincerely of your presence.”


264. “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”


265. “Leaders don’t create more followers, they create more leaders.”


266. “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.” - Max De Pree


267. “Exercising adaptive leadership is about giving meaning to your life beyond your own ambition.”


268. “Servant leadership employs a different approach by considering follower’s needs and collaborating with them to achieve organisational goals”.


269. “A noble leader answers not the trumpet call of self promotion, but to the hushed whispers of necessity.” ~Mollie Marti


270. “It's the servants of the people who rule the world, not the rulers.”


271. “It takes maturity to move from self interest to service”


272. “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”


273. “Difficulties break some men but make others.”


274. True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.-Helen Keller


275. The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.


276. “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ― Rabindranath Tagore


277. “Servant leadership seems to contradict traditional forms of leadership, which almost always begin with power-based leading”.


278. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill


279. “I’ll lift you and you’ll lift me and we’ll both ascend together.”


280. “Contemplations on God’s Will”, Spurgeon, Teachings (Knowing God, Christian Quotes, Resources)


281. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Theodore Roosevelt


282. “Citizens in the Kingdom of God are exhorted to serve and anointed to rule.”


283. “Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me”. —Jim Elliot


284. “Serving others prepares you to lead others.” - Jim George


285. “If every citizen should recite their national anthem daily, you will develop love to serve your country better.”


286. I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. –Dr. Maya Angelou


287. “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.” -Ken Blanchard


288. The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.


289. “I believe in servant leadership, and the servant always asks, ‘Where am I needed most?’” — Mike Pence


290. “Leadership is not an affair of the head. Leadership is an affair of the heart.” -James Kouzes and Barry Posner in The Leadership Challenge


291. “The servant leader believes that ‘my success is your success.’” ― Unknown


292. “I started off as a scientist, but the needs of the society turned me into a reformer.”


293. “There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” - Tony Hsieh


294. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” - Harry Truman


295. “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.” – James M. Strock in Serve to Lead


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


297. “One of the problems with discipleship is you can’t hide…You have to be a Godly person”. “Natural temperament always has a dark side because it participates in your idols”. “Unless you’re really a Godly person, discipleship will not work because people aren’t going to believe you”. “You can’t lead them where you are not yourself”. —Tim Keller


298. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”


299. “Anybody can live in flesh and blood, but to live on long after the flesh has dissipated into nature – that’s the life I always wanted.”


300. “An ounce of patience is worth more than a tonne of preaching.” - Mahatma Gandhi


301. “Where there is love, distance doesn't matter.” - Mata Amritanandamayi


302. “Servant leadership propels organizational success.” — Ken Blanchard


303. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”


304. “God ultimately raises up leaders for one primary reason: His glory. He shows His power in our weakness. He demonstrates His wisdom in our folly. We are all like a turtle on a fence post. If you walk by a fence post and see a turtle on top of it, then you know someone came by and put it there. In the same way, God gives leadership according to His good pleasure.” —Matt Chandler


305. “A leader should be visionary and have more foresight than an employee.”


306. “There is a direct relationship between the absence of celebrity and the presence of good-to-great results”.


307. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”


308. “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.” -J. Carla Nortcutt


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


310. “The best leaders are servant leaders – they serve those they lead.” — Tony Hsieh


311. “The quality of a true warrior is that he is in service to a purpose greater than himself; that is, to a transcendent cause.” ― Robert Bly


312. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”


313. “But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant.”


314. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”


315. “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” - John Maxwell


316. “Sacrifice is my illumination,


317. “Make a commitment to serve the needs of the ‘least of these’ and give voice to the voiceless.”


318. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill


319. “…when you choose the paradigm of service, looking at life through that paradigm, it turns everything you do from a job into a gift.” — Oprah Winfrey


320. “The world can never heal unless a handful of bravehearts are ready to bleed.”


321. “Any organisation can build an innovative culture if its leaders encourage employees to grow, and welcome their ideas”.


322. “Ego can’t sleep. It micro-manages. It disempowers. It reduces our capability. It excels in control.” - Robert Greenleaf


323. “The servant-leader is servant first, it begins with a natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first, as opposed to, wanting power, influence, fame, or wealth.” - Robert Greenleaf


324. Humility leadership quotes by Booker Washington


325. “People often ask me, "you are not a believer in the common sense of the term, then why don't you call yourself an atheist", I tell them, "that's because atheists place all importance on facts, I place all importance on people". As a scientist, I am very much aware of the value of facts, but facts are never more important than the people, in fact, they are only valuable so long as they serve the welfare of people - in circumstances where facts go against the welfare of the people, a civilized human must always choose people over facts.”


326. “The very first thing which needs to be said about Christian ministers of all kinds is that they are “under” people as their servants rather than “over” them (as their leaders, let alone their lords). Jesus made this absolutely plain. The chief characteristic of Christian leaders, he insisted, is humility not authority, and gentleness not power”. –-John Stott


327. “The servant-leader is the 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.” ― Robert K. Greenleaf


328. “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery


329. “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.”


330. “If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.” ~Lao Tzu


331. “Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.” - John Quincy Adams


332. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”


333. “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” -John C. Maxwell


334. “Leadership is not about you; it's about investing in the growth of others.” - Ken Blanchard


335. “Leadership is about being a servant first.” — Allen West


336. “Where there is not community, trust, respect, ethical behavior are difficult for the young to learn and for the old to maintain.”


337. “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”


338. “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.”


339. “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.”


340. “The most significant role of a Chief Executive Officer is as a Chief Hurdle Removal Officer”.


341. “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.” ― Ken Blanchard


342. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”


343. “The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.” —John Stott


344. “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.”


345. “The three Cs of spiritual leadership are Character, Competency, and Confidence. Character must lead.” “Humility is the most important attribute of character”. “If you lead with confidence, your competency is going to be exposed.” “The hardest person that you will ever lead is yourself”. “A good leader is a great listener”. –Tom Holliday, Alexandria Presbyterian Church


346. “True leadership is servanthood. Put the interests of others at the center of your decisions.” ~Dave Ramsey


347. “The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’.”


348. “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


349. “The servant leader believes that ‘my success is your success.'”


350. “People will resist change when it's done to them, not with them.” - Ken Blanchard


351. “The Joy and The Peace of God”, Teachings & Quotes from Leaders (Tim Keller, Hearts in Christ, Sanctification)


352. “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” — Simon Sinek


353. “I’m tired of hearing about servant leadership because I don’t think there’s any other kind of leadership.”


354. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”


355. “Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” -Martin Luther King Jr.


356. “The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one’s capacity to lead is severely limited.” — Robert Greenleaf


357. “If leadership serves only the leader, it will fail. Ego satisfaction, financial gain, and status can all be valuable tools for a leader, but if they become the only motivations, they will eventually destroy a leader. Only when service for a common good is the primary purpose are you truly leading.”


358. What is servant leadership?


359. “Leadership is made for service.”


360. “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are an excellent leader.” ~Dolly Parton


361. “Sacrifice makes one king or queen, not bloodline.”


362. “The servant leader operates on the assumption that ‘I am the leader, therefore I serve’ rather than ‘I am the leader, therefore I lead’”.


363. “It doesn’t take a sophisticated skill set to be a command and control, ‘tell people what to do’ type of leader”.


364. “Don’t let your values change with society; instead let your values change society.” - Tony Gaskins


365. “Servant leaders are talent scouts. They believe that everyone has a unique contribution to offer, and it is their job to recognise and direct it towards vision achievement”.


366. “Fear doesn’t drive change – but it does perpetuate mediocrity”.


367. “As a servant leader, one does not force people to follow, but walks among them, and moves in a direction that can unite all in a common vision”.


368. “Genuine love is self-replenishing. The more I nurture the spiritual growth of others, the more my own spiritual growth is nurtured.” M. Scott Peck


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


370. We can say ‘Peace on Earth.’ We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside is, then it will not be. -Betty Shabazz


371. “Be good to people, even if it goes unnoticed, unappreciated, or ignored, but share the love anyway. By raising others, we will rise.”


372. “Servant leaders are ‘present’ – that is, available to their constituents. They ‘walk the shop’, engaging in informal conversations, in order to know, and be known by followers”.


373. Ken blanchard servant leader quotes


374. “Success is about leaving a legacy of generosity and kindness rather than a trail of destruction.” ~Crystal Eisinger


375. Quotes on servant leadership by Sheila Murray Bethel


376. “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


377. “The true heroes of the new millennium will be servant leaders, quietly working out of the spotlight to transform our world.”


378. “Be the breeze, be the water, be the serene shade of a heartful tree. In character be an elephant, gentle, unafraid and forever free.”


379. “Servant leaders adopt the attitude that they don’t need to be right all of the time. They know, and act on the concept that other people have good ideas too”.


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


381. “It has generally been my experience that the very top people of truly great organizations are servant-leaders.”


382. “I want to sleep for eternity with a broad smile on my face. I want those who remain behind to say, ‘This man has done his duty.’” – Nelson Mandela


383. “Servant leadership is easy for people with high self-esteem.” — Ken Blanchard


384. “When you walk in obedience, integrity and sincerity, you become a vessel who brings light to others.”


385. “Treat employees like they make a difference and they will.”


386. “Servant leadership always empathizes, always accepts the person, but sometimes refuses to accept some of the person’s effort or performance as good enough.” — Robert K. Greenleaf


387. “To be a servant leader takes a lot more skill, that is probably why we see so few”.


388. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill Gates


389. “True leadership is servanthood. Put the interests of others at the center of your decisions.” — Dave Ramsey


390. “The servant leader believes that ‘my success is your success.’” – Anonymous


391. Humble leadership quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.


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


393. Servant leader quotes by J. Carla Nortcutt


394. “Servant leaders maintain a very strong commitment to listening. They know that listening is very hard work, and demands considerable investment of their time and effort”.


395. It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.


396. “I'm always friendly and encouraging on set. I want people to be at their best creatively.” - Mark Wahlberg


397. “The time is always right to do what is right.” - Martin Luther King Jr.


398. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou


399. “I devoted myself to the task of welfare of my countrymen—not as a ruler but as a servant.” — Sheikh Hasina


400. “The real power lies in service to others.” — Cheryl Bachelder


401. “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.”


402. “Not sure where I would be had I not been blessed with a praying mother and grandmother.”


403. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi


404. “Leadership must first and foremost meet the needs of others.”


405. “Servant leadership always empathizes, always accepts the person, but sometimes refuses to accept some fo the person’s effort or performance as good enough.” ~Robert K. Greenleaf


406. “I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.” — Nelson Mandela


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


408. “You are either supporting the vision or supporting division” - Saji Ijiyemi


409. God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn. in no other way.


410. “CHRISTIAN SERVANT LEADERSHIP -QUOTES AND SCRIPTURE”, C.S. LEWIS & CHRISTIAN LEADERS (HUMILITY, SHEPHERDING, SERVANTS OF GOD)


411. Servant leader quote by Max DePree


412. Verses about servant leadership by James A. Autry

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