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One of John Stanko's favorite quotes about leadership is found in Max DePree's book, Leadership is An Art: "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor." One of John's favorite authors is Robert Greenleaf, father of the servant-leadership movement, who wrote: "The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve. Then the conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant—first to make sure the other people's highest-priority needs are being served first. The best test is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or, at least, not be further deprived?"

John has also written extensively about leadership topics, and you will find some of his work below. We hope you will take advantage of all the resources here as you strive to become a more effective leader. We also urge you to employ John as your coach and that you start with a 360 degree feedback profile of your leadership style.