"The [leader] shall consider as good, not what pleases himself but what pleases his subjects," Chanakya, 375 B.C.
Does true leadership stem first from a desire to serve? That is the premise behind the theory of "servant leadership" as postulated by Robert Greenleaf.
This EXCELLENT presentation provides an introduction to the theory of Servant Leadership. It starts with the history of the theory and then takes you through the key concepts, and finally to its practical application. MUST READ!