Good Leaders are also Good Stewards: A few examples

, I spoke about the fact that good Leaders being good Stewards.  Leaders focus on change and working with others and Stewards realize that what we have is not ours, but that the things around us, even our organizations, are entities that we should prepare for the future and not just for today.

I’ll spend time today sharing a few quotes from others about stewardship and also speak more about how you can lead as a Steward of the resources we have.

What do others say about being a good Steward?  Read below for a few good thoughts to set your mind in the right direction:


    We should conceive of ourselves not as rulers of Earth, but as highly powerful, conscious stewards: The Earth is given to us in trust, and we can screw it up or make it work well and sustainably.

    Kim Stanley Robinson

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    As citizens of the United States, we are stewards of this magnificent thing called democracy.

    Marianne Williamson

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    We should conceive of ourselves not as rulers of Earth, but as highly powerful, conscious stewards: The Earth is given to us in trust, and we can screw it up or make it work well and sustainably.

    Kim Stanley Robinson

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    We need to broaden our sympathies both in space and time - and perceive ourselves as part of a long heritage, and stewards for an immense future.

    Martin Rees

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    The more I write about leaders being stewards, the more I see that these types of leaders are also good Servant Leaders.  I have written about Servant Leadership in the past and I have also had the good fortune to speak at the International Servant Leadership conference this past year in Atlanta, GA.  While there I crossed paths with servant leaders, steward leaders, from organizations as diverse as the United States Army, TD Industries in Ft. Worth, TX and many colleges and universities.  The concept of the leader seeing his or her purpose being more than owning any item or situation is not a new one, but incorporating the value or property of stewardship is not one I see as much.

    One of the best Steward Leaders I have known of was Moses.  Moses was chosen to lead his people from the bondage of slavery in Egypt.  This journey took them into the desert before they reached the promised land 40 years later.  The part of this story that exemplieifes Moses as a steward is that he did not personally get to enter the promised land.  Even though he led the people, fought the good fight and achieved the goal set out, he did not personally benefit by entering the promised land.

    Steward Leaders see the need for something to change and they put forth the effort to get things done, typically by involving many others.  The discerning difference is that the Steward Leader may not, and typically will  not, get the glory or attention for his or her work in this process.  This is so counter-intuitive to many types of leaders we see in our society today.  The typical leader will do the work, but will also want to share in the glory.  The Steward Leader is different.

    Who do you know that exhibits the qualities of the Steward Leader?  I invite you to share you story here with me so that I can accumulate more examples of classic Steward Leaders.