40+ Best Servant Leadership Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Servant leadership is a leadership philosophy in which the main goal of the leader is to serve. Profoundly inspirational servant leadership quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Servant Leadership Quotes

If every citizen should recite their national anthem daily, you will develop a love to serve your country better. Lailah Gifty Akita

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. M. Scott Peck

Slaves do what others want, while servants give what others need. Bob McDonald

Twenty-first-century leadership relationship dynamics are from the bottom up rather than the top down; from the outside in, rather than the inside out. James M. Strock

Effective leaders connect people to a pursuit or objective larger than themselves. Matt Tenney

Any organization can build an innovative culture if its leaders encourage employees to grow, and welcome their ideas. Matt Tenney

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The most significant role of a Chief Executive Officer is as a Chief Hurdle Removal Officer. Tom Peters

Fear doesn’t drive change but it does perpetuate mediocrity. Jim Collins

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Laozi

Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself—to serve. Wm. Paul Young

As a servant leader, one does not force people to follow, but walks among them, and moves in a direction that can unite all in a common vision. Sendjaya and Sarros

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.

It’s not about trying to find something to help you be a more effective leader. It’s about trying to be a better person. Others will follow. James A. Autry in Practicing Servant Leadership

The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves. Carla Nortcutt

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Amazing Servant Leadership Quotes

Listen for the call of your destiny, and when it comes, release your plans and follow. Mollie Marti

Service is the very purpose of life. It is the rent we pay for living on the planet. Marian Wright Edelman

The most impressive leaders set aside their egos and focus on empowering their people. Matt Tenney

You can have anything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar

Servant leaders put other people’s needs, aspirations and interests above their own. Sendjaya and Sarros

To be a servant leader takes a lot more skill, that is probably why we see so few. Sendjaya and Sarros

The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one’s capacity to lead is severely limited. -Robert Greenleaf

Growth by definition, requires change. Change requires renewal, and leaders must provide training and development opportunities to grow. Bob McDonald

It’s often better to ask questions than to dispense answers. Jim Collins

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

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore

The job of a leader is to help people succeed Bob McDonald

Twenty-first-century leadership relationship dynamics are from the bottom up rather than the top down; from the outside in, rather than the inside out. James M. Strock

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

I slept and dreamt that life was a joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Rabindranath Tagore

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker Washington

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

There is a direct relationship between the absence of celebrity and the presence of good-to-great results. Jim Collins

Every leader should ask: what specifically have I done today to be directly of service to the people I lead? Tom Peters

The quality of a true warrior is that he is in service to a purpose greater than himself; that is, to a transcendent cause. Robert Bly

The servant leader believes that my success is your success. Anonymous

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker Washington

Big organizations with strict bureaucratic hierarchies have trouble holding on to innovative employees. Matt Tenney

It doesn’t take a sophisticated skill set to be a command and control, or tell people what to do type of leader. Sendjaya and Sarros

To servant leaders, leadership is about serving first.  Sendjaya and Sarros

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