The Heart of Leadership

Where is your heart when it comes to serving others? Do you desire to become a leader for the perks and benefits? Or are you motivated by a desire to help others?

If you really want to become the kind of leader that people want to follow, you will have to settle the issue of servanthood. If your attitude is to be served rather than to serve, you may be headed for trouble. If this is an issue in your life, then heed this advice:

• Stop lording over people, and start listening to them.
• Stop role-playing for advancement, and start risking for others’ benefit.
• Stop seeking your own way, and start serving others.

It is true that those who would be great must be like the least and the servant of all.

Albert Schweitzer wisely stated, “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” If you want to lead on the highest level, be willing to serve on the lowest.

—The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader – John Maxwell – The Daily Reader



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