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Quotes About Servant Leadership

Quotes-About-Servant-LeadershipWhat is servant leadership?

Here are a few quotes about servant leadership.

“It is a shame that so many leaders spend their time pondering their rights as leaders instead of their awesome responsibilities as leaders.” – James C. Hunter, The Servant

“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, Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church

“There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people.” – George H.W. Bush

“Servant Leadership is an oxymoron. All true Leadership is servanthood.” ― Todd Stocker, Leading from the Gut: 3 Power Principles of Effective Leaders

A leader – whether in the home, church, business, community, or government – has authority due to her role, but her positional power will not bring about good for individuals or organizations unless it is backed up by the capital of character. – Dan B. Allender, Leading with a Limp

Productive leaders solve problems; they don’t hide them. Servant leaders transform societies. – Unknown

You may obey a leader who has power and authority, but you will not strive to serve her or the cause of the organization unless you respect and care for her in addition to the ones with whom you serve. – Dan B. Allender, Leading with a Limp

Authority is always built on service and sacrifice. — James C. Hunter, The Servant

People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. – John C. Maxwell

Characteristics of servant leaders:

  1. Listening
  2. Empathy
  3. Building community
  4. Healing
  5. Awareness
  6. Commitment to people
  7. Foresight
  8. Persuasion
  9. Stewardship
  10. Conceptualization – Robert K. Greenleaf

“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

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

Servant Leaders Exhibit Five Practices:

  1. Listening without judgment
  2. Being authentic, open and accountable
  3. Building community and showing appreciation
  4. Sharing power
  5. Developing people – Focus on Leadership, Ann McGee-Cooper and Duane Trammell

“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.” – Dr. Albert Schweitzer

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