Below are some quotes on serving. To know how to use and implement quotes into your everyday life and leadership I suggest reading: How to use Quotes. You can also get a free copy of my quote book Characteristics and Qualities of a Great Leader by clicking here. This topic is in the book however, I have added several quotes not included within the chapter. I hope you enjoy them!
“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
“Our top-down pyramid style of management is a very old concept borrowed from centuries of war and monarchies.” ~ James C. Hunter
“Servant leadership teaches us that you have to lay your cards on the table.” ~Warren Bennis
“Good leaders must first become good servants.” ~Robert Greenleaf
“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.” ~Scott Peck
“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 Bethel
“We are here to add what we can to, not get what we can from life.” ~William Osler
“Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.” ~Henry Ford
“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.” ~Harold Kushner
“A person who is worthy of being a leader wants power not for himself, but in order to be of service.” ~ Sam Ervin, Jr.
“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.
“I learned that if you can retain the feeling of what it feels like to be a “have not” in a society of “haves”, to be down in the hierarchy, you can carry that with you into leadership positions.” ~ James A. Autry
“This is a service station, we offer service. There is no higher purpose.” ~Nick Nolte
“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” ~Jim Rohn
“Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves.” ~Unknown
“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” ~Zig Ziglar
“Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.” ~Marian Wright Edelman
“What originally led us to serve others by leading them seldom remains our North Star.” ~ Dan B. Allender
“Who then is the greatest leader? The one who has served the most.” ~James C. Hunter
Questions: What is your favorite serving quote? How important is it for a leader to serve the people around them? How are you becoming a servant leader?