Great Leaders Are Never Self-Made

Great leaders are never self-made, nor is great leadership about yourself. Leaders are made by others serving and shaping them. Then these leaders become great by doing the same — by serving and shaping those around them.

In other words, great leadership is not about building up your own platform. Great leadership is about serving others.

7 Leadership Quotes about Serving Others 

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.”  —John C Maxwell

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” —John Quincy Adams

“Successful leaders understand that true power comes not from exercising control, but from empowering others.” —Jesse Lyn Stoner

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. ” —Max DePree

“Good leaders must first become good servants.” —Robert Greenleaf

“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

“Few people are successful unless other people want them to be.” —Charlie Brown

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Want More?7 Surprising Questions Great Leaders Ask

Great leaders ask great questions — have you ever wondered why? Do they intentionally develop the art of asking great questions because they know it’s an essential leadership skill, or do people who learn to ask great questions become great leaders? Honestly, the best leaders don’t get tangled up in this debate. They just know asking great questions is a powerful leadership tool.

Additionally, great leaders ask surprising questions. They might start with shallow questions, but they don’t stay there. They wade into asking deep questions that often make team members uncomfortable, at least at first.

This FREE RESOURCE shares seven surprising questions great leaders ask, and the more they ask them, the better both the leader and the team become.