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Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)
Quote from the syndicated newspaper column Today and Tomorrow entitled The False Gods: National Morale in the Depression, May 20, 1932.

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The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.
— Eugene B. Habecker
The Other Side of Leadership

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing thing I know: The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
— Albert Schweitzer


By Michael McKinney

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

All of this might sound arrogant to an age that has placed in higher esteem personal knowledge over external guidance. As the structures and institutions that have traditionally provided us with external guidance are dissolving—the family, schools and religion—the desire to believe that we are our own best source of wisdom and will act in our own best interest, is strong. Theoretically, it would seem to make sense. Practically, it has never worked in any sustainable way. Human studies have shown that we all take our cues not from the realities of the environment, but from our own biases, desires, perceptions, and distractions. A function of leadership then, should be to help followers create a more accurate and constructive view of reality by painting the larger picture.

What Is Stewardship?

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The Being that created us and knows what is best for us, is the source of the values we must demonstrate. In His Word he teaches us how to serve, how to look after each other, how to esteem others higher than ourselves, how to teach—in other words, how to lead. It is where we will find the guidelines we seek to steer .a course through this complex age.

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