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"The first step to leadership is servanthood."
~ John Maxwell
"Soliciting the service of
others is the same as serving them."
"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 Tao of Leading by Serving
The best warriors win without seeking to conquer.
do not use violence. The best tacticians try to avoid confrontation.
The best leaders
become servants of their people.
All streams flow to the sea because it is
lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.
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.
"The person who boasts about being a leader
isn't one. The true leader
doesn't boast about it. He has no ego investment in being a leader;
he just is. He knows that his power comes not from authority but from
his people, so he uses his position to assure that they have the
resources and support they need to do their work. Thus people give him
power, because they know he will use it to benefit everyone and not just
himself. This is true power."2
Eight Attributes of
By: James Hunter1
give attention, appreciation, and encouragement.
be authentic without pretense and arrogance.
treat others as important people.
meet the needs of others.
give up resentment when wronged.
be free from deception.
stick to your choices.
Why Servant Leadership?
To lead effectively, you must
lead by example and serve. The
principle behind effective leadership is based on the interplay of
responsibility, respect, and care. The key to servant leadership is the
doing your best in the service of other people, both inside and outside the
Matsushita's 10 Corporate Management Lessons
The qualities of a servant leader are
also the attributes of love, which is defined as
one's behavior towards others. All these behaviors will entail you to serve
and sacrifice for others. This would mean setting aside your own wants and
needs to focus on the legitimate needs of others, advises James Humter.1
is the first step toward serving others.
Jesus About Leadership
Jesus said that in order to be a leader you had to first learn how to
serve others. He said, "You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and
officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be
quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your
servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even I,
the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give
my life as a ransom for many.
"I dont 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 will have sought and found how to
serve." ~ Albert
The Law of Harvest
"The best way to find
yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
You reap what you saw. For authority or
influence to flourish, the right
environment must be provided and nurturing behavior must be present. Bear in
mind however that influence is not something that grows overnight, it grows
Follow Your Employees
You cannot lead people unless they are willing
to follow you. People will trust you if you help them achieve more,
creativity and bring out their own sense of worth. So be willing to
follow your employees periodically to win their trust and understand their
needs and capabilities better. By doing so you'll learn what to do in order
to follow you and bring out their best.
Yin-Yang of Employee Empowerment
Rewards of Leading with
Leading with authority enables you to have a
personal mission statement: to serve the people you lead, to serve their
needs, to give praise and recognition, to show kindness, and to be honest,
among other things. When servant leadership becomes your ethos in
life, people would be lining un to join your cause.1
The Servant, by James C. Hunter
Real Power: Business Lessons from Tao Te Ching, James A. Autry &