Summary of Serve to Be Great

Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom

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Serve to Be Great book summary
Businesspeople who help others actually help themselves: How Matt Tenney learned “servant leadership” the hard way.


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“Servant leadership” means doing everything you can to improve the lives of those around you. Many successful organizations practice servant leadership, thanks to visionary CEOs who recognize and celebrate the value of their employees. In this mix of an autobiography and an executive handbook, Matt Tenney will convince you that servant leadership is the only sensible option for contemporary leaders seeking to maximize their organization’s potential. The author explains why executives and managers who want to improve the bottom line should set aside their egos and focus on empowering their people. Tenney offers unique insight, advice and inspiration – hard won from his experience in prison, a monastery and the boardroom – as he builds a watertight case for the servant-leadership management philosophy. getAbstract strongly recommends his ideas and methods to leaders at every level and those aspiring to lead.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why your commitment to other people defines how effective you can be as a leader
  • How you can become a servant leader
  • How your organization can achieve greatness through following the “servant leadership” style


Greed Becomes Peacefulness
Matt Tenney wanted to gain financial freedom before his 30th birthday. He initially went about it the wrong way. As an officer in the US Marine Corps, he initiated a plot to steal nearly $3 million in cash from the Corps by forging a fake procurement transaction...
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About the Author

Matt Tenney is a frequent speaker and a consultant with the Perth Leadership Institute.

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    Lovereen Moore 1 year ago
    Inspiring and really interesting!
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    Idit Sbaro 1 year ago
    Very interesting.
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    Claire Dugmore-Jones 2 years ago
    Really great summary and makes you realise about how the small things you do for colleagues can make a massive impact
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    Lauren Caldwell 2 years ago

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