Leadership = Service


Posted on January 1, 1970 by Blake Leath

For this gorgeous Friday, I have four diverse quotes comin’ at ya…each of which, I hope, speaks to the true heart of leadership, which is service.

“If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”  (Mark 9:35)

“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.”  (MLK)

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.  The last is to say ‘thank you.’  In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.  That sums up the progress of an artful leader.”  (Max DePree)

And to these, one might add, “To succeed, assume the responsibility to communicate.  To fail, presume it is others’ obligation to understand.”

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