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30 Servant Leadership Quotes to Inspire and Motivate

Servant leadership is a business philosophy that is becoming more and more present in companies around the world. It is the foundation for leading other effectively, by putting people first. At PCI, we believe people can achieve much more when they feel inspired by a purpose greater than themselves. Here are 30 quotes to inspire you on your path to servant leadership.

  1. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John C. Maxwell
  2. Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers. Robin S. Sharma
  3. Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. Harold S. Geneen
  4. The art of communication is the language of leadership. James Humes
  5. A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. Arnold H. Glasow
  6. The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Ray Kroc
  7. People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. Theodore Roosevelt
  8. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F. Kennedy
  9. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  10. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. Steve Jobs
  11. Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Henry Ford
  12. No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it. Andrew Carnegie
  13. The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance. Brian Tracy
  14. 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. Lao Tzu
  15. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. Jack Welch
  16. The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people. Woodrow Wilson
  17. There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way. Nelson Mandela
  18. One of the best paradoxes of leadership is a leader’s need to be both stubborn and open-minded. A leader must insist on sticking to the vision and stay on course to the destination. But he must be open-minded during the process. Simon Sinek
  19. Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn’t come alive until the leader models it. John C. Maxwell
  20. As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future. Indra Nooyi
  21. The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart from the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines. Charles de Gaulle
  22. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. Arnold H. Glasow
  23. What helps people, helps business. Leo Burnett
  24. I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower. Muhammad Ali
  25. It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it. Henry Kissinger
  26. The quality of a leader cannot be judged by the answers he gives, but by the questions he asks. Simon Sinek
  27. Those who cannot think or take responsibility for themselves need, and clamor for, a leader. Hermann Hesse
  28. People invest in businesses that they believe have the leadership, mission and team to grow and operate profitably. Robert Kiyosaki
  29. Leadership is absolutely about inspiring action, but it is also about guarding against mis-action. Simon Sinek
  30. Leaders grasp nettles. David Ogilvy

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