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. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions … 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 manifests 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 not be further deprived?

–Robert K. Greenleaf


Posted on March 12, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Dennis, we have much to talk about.

    I had dinner (my last) with the pastor from the church we left to be at home to teach our children, he asked me this question…

    How many people will it take to show that I have been successful?

    I told him it wasn’t about numbers, it was about obedience. I told him the moment I step out in total trust(faith) . . . I am already successful.

    Hebrews 11:8
    “[Urged on] by faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went forth to a place which he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went, although he did not know or trouble his mind about where he was to go.”

    The pastor knew the passage from Hebrews I quoted, but could not admit that God spoke to me and not him since he was the leader of me… (in his dreams)!

    Please take no offense to this Dennis, but I have learned that when someone from a “church” first up asks about numbers, it is a red flag that they follow what I call do-do theology. For me it’s never about doing or numbers, but it’s all about being.

    There is more I can say, but I’ll wait until we meet!

    Much Love to you Dennis and to Sharon too,

    In Him alone,

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