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To lead others well, learn to lead yourself and to serve others well

The challenge is to understand ourselves well enough to discover where we can use our leadership gifts to serve others. (Ann M. Fudge)

Learning to lead yourself well is one of the most important things you’ll ever do as a leader. (John C. Maxwell)

The hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself. You must take responsibility for your own development. …. The role of leaders is not to get other people to follow them but to empower others to lead. (Bill George)

Organizations exist to serve. Period. Leaders live to serve. Period. (Tom Peters)

I want to be led by strong natural servants because they are willing to use whatever leadership style – directive, supportive, or some combination – best serves the needs of those they serve. (Kenneth H. Blanchard)

Für eine gute Führungskraft ist der Erfolg der Mitarbeiter das vorrangige Ziel. (Reinhard K. Sprenger)

The effective executive asks: „What can I contruibute that will significantly affect the performance and the results of the institution I serve?“ (Peter Drucker)

Führen heißt dienen. (Anselm Grün)

Good leaders must first become good servants. Leadership must first and foremost meet the needs of others. (Robert K. Greenleaf)

It’s pretty exciting that people who put others first most of the time can actually end up finishing first themselves. (Adam Grant)

So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all. (Jesus)

Reality check: How do you use your leadership gifts to serve others?

More on how to serve as a leader:

The Servant as Leader (Robert K. Greenleaf)

Servant Leadership Research Roundtable Proceedings

Jesus: The Role Model for Christian Leadership