servant leadership quotes

Servant Leadership Quotes

These servant leadership quotes from great leaders are a fantastic place to start learning more about servant leadership in the workplace. This topic isn’t new, despite how it has evolved in modern corporate culture. Organizations practicing this leadership style tend to have superior employee engagement. You can find them on the Forbes “Best Places to Work For” list. Higher employee engagement means higher levels of effort and lower levels of turnover.

Robert K Greenleaf, the founder of the modern servant leadership movement, described the servant leader this way:

“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.”

Here are other servant leadership quotes to fuel your pursuit of a meaning-driven corporate culture:

Quotes About Meaning (Especially at Work)
Quotes About Service
Quotes About Listening
Quotes About Questioning
Quotes About Learning
15 Great Quotes from Mohandas Gandhi
10 Great Quotes from Greenleaf’s Friend, Drucker
“Servant Leadership is Good” – But Don’t Quote Me on That


Servant leadership is a powerful approach to achieving common goals in which the leader acts to serve those who are led.

At Cairnway, we believe that when we help improve the workplace, we help improve the world. This is why we’re so passionate about servant leadership and its ability to foster meaning in business environments. Learn more about servant leadership in the workplace and how Cairnway can help you create a thriving corporate culture.