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Sunday, September 03, 2006

What is Leadership? Great Quotes

A Leader is A Servant to Mankind
"We can do no great things - only small things with great love." - Mother Theresa
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?~ Benjamin Disraeli
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. --Mahatma Gandhi
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and theother by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times moreeffective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
Coercion cannot but result in chaos in the end.
One who uses coercion is guilty of deliberate violence. Coercion is inhuman.
The more efficient a force is the more silent and the more subtle it is.

Be the change you want to see in the world. --Mahatma Gandhi
'd like someone to mention the day that Martin Luther King tried to give his life serving others. I'd like somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day, that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day, that I did try to feed the hungry . . . I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity. Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness . . . I want to leave a committed life behind. Martin Luther King
All true work combines [the] two elements of serving and ruling. Ruling is what we do; serving is how we do it. There’s true sovereignty in all good work. There’s no way to exercise it rightly other than by serving. Eugene Patterson, Leap over a Wall
Above all, leadership is a position of servanthood. Max Deere, Leadership Jazz
People are supposed to serve. Life is a mission, not a career. Stephen R. Covey, The Leader of the Future
Ultimately the choice we make is between service and self-interest. Peter Block, Stewardship, Choosing Service over Self-Interest
Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. JESUS, Luke 14:11
Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either. -Golda Meir.

“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. He or she is sharply different from the person who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions. For such it will be a later choice to serve – after leadership is established. The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.
The difference manifest itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer , is: do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or, at least, will they not be further deprived?”
Taken from the Servant As Leader published by Robert Greenleaf in 1970.

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