Servant Leadership Quotes

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This list of quotes is a compilation from my own reading and studies on Servant Leadership. They are ordered by topic (category) and are all displayed in line below. Therefore, you can browse them all, or select a specific topic of interest here:

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Accountability Quotes

...leaders who do not hold their people accountable to a set standard are, in effect, thieves and liars. Thieves because they are stealing from the stockholder who pays them to hold people accountable, and liars because they pretend that everything is OK with their people when in fact everything is not OK.The Servant James C. Hunter
The Servant

Authority Quotes

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.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
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.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
Authority: The skill of getting people to willingly do your will, because of your personal influence.The Servant James C. Hunter
The Servant
Authority cannot be bought or sold, given or taken away.The Servant James C. Hunter
The Servant
Authority is always built on service and sacrifice.The Servant James C. Hunter
The Servant
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Challenges Quotes

One of the best sources of perspective is enemies. If we can learn from them, then we can profit from anyone.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
The more you openly name your struggles, the less people can use your silence as a back door to blackmail you, to sabotage your leadership, or to subvert relationships within the organization.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
If you are a leader, it is not possible to be at peace with all and friends with everyone.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
Most people want to grow, but the price of growth is pain.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
Grace. Loss. Fortune. Hardship. Victory. Sometimes the worst seat is best seat in the house and it comes as a result of leading.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
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Character Quotes

True heroism is remarkably sober. Very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.Jay Paterno Arthur Ashe
Jay Paterno
When individuals doubt the integrity of one another, and are highly suspicious of each other's motives, a quality, mutual relationship is impossible.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
If leadership lacks a moral imperative, it becomes an idolatrous exercise that eventually will cause the disengagement of employees and the death of the organization.dThe Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
Adversity doesn't develop character as much as it reveals character.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
Most of the corruption and disruption in the corporation is the result of leaders' failure to lead themselves.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
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Courage Quotes

Courage never takes away fear; courage simply redistributes fear to get the job done.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
Buzyness, however, is moral laziness because it involves refusing to live with courage and intentionality.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.Leading with a Limp Anne Lamott
Leading with a Limp
A warrior's not about perfection, or victory, or invulnerability. He's about absolute invulnerability. That's the only true courage.Peaceful Warrior Nick Nolte
Peaceful Warrior

Culture Quotes

The fundamental keys to the culture of any organization can only be achieved when everyone is on the same page.The Mentor Leader Tony Dungy
The Mentor Leader
The brand is just a lagging indicator of a company's culture.Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh
Delivering Happiness
Ask yourself: would you be comfortable printing everything your employees, customers & partners have to say about your culture?Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh
Delivering Happiness

Decisions Quotes

De-cide. Homo-cide. Sui-cide. Patri-cide. The root word Decidere means to "to cut off".Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp

Empowerment Quotes

Empowerment is not about "I take some of my power and give it to you". That's the myth.Practicing Servant Leadership James A. Autry
Practicing Servant Leadership
The best minute you spend is the one you invest in people.Ken Blanchard

Fear Quotes

Forgiveness Quotes

Forgiving behavior is dealing with situations as they arise in an assertive manner and then letting go of any lingering resentment. As the leader, if you are not able to let go of the resentment, it will consume you and render you ineffective.The Servant James C. Hunter
The Servant

Humility Quotes

To experience brokenness and humiliation all you have to do is lead.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
Idealism may get us into the fray, but it is the loss of all we cherish that begins to form in us a heart capable of leading others reluctantly and humbly.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
For most leaders, humility comes only by wounds suffered from foolish falls.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
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.Practicing Servant Leadership James A. Autry
Practicing Servant Leadership
I think the only way to get out of the ego is to get into yourself.Practicing Servant Leadership James A. Autry
Practicing Servant Leadership
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Joy Quotes

Leadership (General) Quotes

Your men love you. If I knew nothing else about you, that would be enough.A Knight's Tale Colville
A Knight's Tale
...you cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the community and of society.Dr. Patch Adams
Servant leadership does not require perfection; what it needs is a process involving dignity and civility and competencies that will equip, inspire and encourage others to become servant leaders.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
Our craving for success without significance has made power the modern idolatry of our times.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
Servant leadership is designed to increase the self-determination, self-confidence and self-sacrifice of everyone.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
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Motivation Quotes

Rarely does anyone change because of information sent to the head. But if you can reach down fifteen inches to the heart of a person, then it becomes a mandate, a mission, and a cause that builds momentum.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
It's easy to lose sight of the ultimate goal when you're in the trenches.The Mentor Leader Tony Dungy
The Mentor Leader
Nothing is more deflating to morale than to have a poor outcome pinned on someone who doesn't deserve it. It lacks integrity and overvalues the outcome at the expense of the people as well as the process.The Mentor Leader Tony Dungy
The Mentor Leader
How you use the opportunities your given to affect the world around you will determine the legacy you leave behind.The Mentor Leader Tony Dungy
The Mentor Leader
Others first. Whatever your corporate mission, paint a clear and compelling picture that others can understand and embrace. State your mission in terms that appeal to your team's best instincts. Persuade and empower as if you are leading and mentoring volunteers.The Mentor Leader Tony Dungy
The Mentor Leader
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Passion Quotes

I had decided to stop chasing the money & start chasing the passion.Delivering Happiness Tony Hsieh
Delivering Happiness

Politics Quotes

Power Quotes

The measure of a man is what he does with power.Pitacus
A reluctant leader is highly suspicious of people who work to accumulate and hoard power.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
Empowerment is not about "I take some of my power and give it to you". That's the myth.Practicing Servant Leadership James A. Autry
Practicing Servant Leadership
The best minute you spend is the one you invest in people.Ken Blanchard
A person who is worthy of being a leader wants power not for himself, but in order to be of service.Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
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Pride Quotes

Never let your ambition surpass your moral compass.Practicing Servant Leadership Warren Bennis
Practicing Servant Leadership
The more I break down my pride and ego, the more joy I have in life.The Servant James C. Hunter
The Servant

Religion Quotes

Each of you has been blessed with one of Gods wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well.Bible 1 Peter 4:10
Bible
It is God's design to use reluctant servants to usher in glory.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
In order to reclaim the joy and passion of leadership, we must walk the valley of the shadow of death and name the cost of leadership.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
If you lead, you will eventually serve with Judas or Peter.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
The more we walk the path first while becoming last and least in our organizations, the more we become like the Alpha and Omega whom we long to serve.Leading with a Limp Dan B. Allender
Leading with a Limp
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Sacrifice Quotes

Servant Leadership Quotes

Our top-down pyramid style of management is a very old concept borrowed from centuries of war and monarchies.The Servant James C. Hunter
The Servant
Servant leadership is the only real form of leadership. After all, if you're not serving others, you are self-serving and that is not leadership.Ben Lichtenwalner
Paradigm Flip

Success Quotes

It is the employees who determine a company's success or failure.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
Few people are successful unless other people want them to be.Charlie Brown
There is no success without a successor.Peter Drucker
We all know that the time spent is not necessarily an indicator of success.The Mentor Leader Tony Dungy
The Mentor Leader
When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.Joe Paterno
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Technology Quotes

As the CEO, one of my main jobs is to get visibility for Thomas Nelson and I don't know of an easier, better way to do it, with greater leverage, than with Social Media.Vanderbilt University Interview Michael Hyatt
Vanderbilt University Interview
In the age of Twitter and Facebook, everyone has a megaphone.MichaelHyatt.com Michael Hyatt
MichaelHyatt.com

Toxic Leadership Quotes

Our craving for success without significance has made power the modern idolatry of our times.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
Transactional leadership supports the premise that employees are tools to utilize for corporate gain.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
If you ignore our spirituality and our social needs, you will never be more than a transactional leader.The Art of Servant Leadership Dr. Tony Baron
The Art of Servant Leadership
The power appetite of leaders today, ones that are self-serving, is leading to the demise of our great nation, of great companies, and of great individuals.The Art of Servant Leadership Art Barter
The Art of Servant Leadership
Who really benefits from discouragement? More often than not, encouragement is exactly what is needed.The Mentor Leader Tony Dungy
The Mentor Leader
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Transparency Quotes

Project authenticity and vulnerability, be present, be accepting, and see your role as being useful, as being the servant.Practicing Servant Leadership James A. Autry
Practicing Servant Leadership
Servant leadership teaches us that you have to lay your cards on the table.Practicing Servant Leadership Warren Bennis
Practicing Servant Leadership
The best way to deal in a transparent world is just be transparent. Let your life be authentic and let people look in. Because if they want to find out, they're gonna find out. And so to me it's given me a greater sense of accountability as a CEO. It's given me a greater opportunity to lead.Vanderbilt University Interview Michael Hyatt
Vanderbilt University Interview
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