Leadership requires selflessness. The will to serve and sacrifice for others, the willingness to set aside our wants and needs in seeking the greatest good for others – this is what it means to be selfless. This is what it means to be a leader. The road to servant leadership lies not in trying to fix or change others but in working on changing and improving ourselves. “‘Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change himself.’
The goal in developing our leadership skills is not to be perfect. The goal is continuous improvement. Rather, change and continuous improvement are about more or less. And better or worse.’ It is important to keep encouraging one another and cheering one another on so that people do not get discouraged and give up.
The ultimate test of leadership is this: Are the people better off when they leave than when they got there?