Harriet Tubman was an iconic figure in U.S. history who offers an example of heroism that typified the essence of service before self. Here was a woman who went from a life of slavery and the trauma that was associated with such a deplorable state to being referred to as General by some of the most distinguished members of the Union Officer ranks. Although not formally educated, Harriet Tubman was very intelligent. Harriet's dedication to serve first, then lead, enabled her to become one of the greatest leaders in United States history. Harriet Tubman epitomized the characteristics of a servant-leader. This paper suggests that she gave her all to others but in return received less than adequate recognition from her contributions.