The Servant Leadership Movement

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The Servant Leadership Movement

In 1968 Kent Keith was a Christian high school student in Hawaii.  While in high school he got involved in student government and realized there was very little written material about servant leadership.  He organized a student leadership counsel and developed material to train high school students.  These Paradoxical Commandments were developed through the frustration of leading and training student leaders who were excited about going into the world and helping people only to come back beaten up by the very people they were trying to help.

Heritage Christian Center promotes the Servant Leadership Movement found in the scriptures today.

He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone elseMark 11:35

The Paradoxical Commandments

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

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