If You Can Serve, You Can Lead

Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer, perhaps best known as a medical missionary, knew a thing or two about finding satisfaction in life. “I don’t know what your destiny will be,” he once said, “but one thing I do know: The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

In recent years the notion of leader-as-servant has gained a lot of traction among scholars and practitioners. American businessman and writer Max DePree summed it up this way: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”

Strock, who has served in both state and federal government positions, is a bestselling author and consultant on leadership. His previous books include Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit and Reagan on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Great Communicator.

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