The good public servant does not serve the powerful, or even at the whim of the powerful.
The good public servant serves the public, always. The good public servant does not seek influence for its own sake. The influence of the public servant must be for the benefit of the public, otherwise it is worthless.
That is how a public servant can be a good leader. True public service is leadership. And good leadership is public service.
Moshik Temkin; Warriors, Rebels & Saints (2023).