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Servant Leadership in Diverse Contexts Servant Leadership in Diverse Contexts Sadie Brooks Grand Canyon University: MGT-410 February 12 th , 2019
Servant Leadership in Diverse Contexts Servant Leadership in Diverse Contexts Servant leadership was introduced in the 1970’s by a man named Robert K. Greenleaf. He introduced this method by writing an essay. In his essay he defined Servant leadership as someone who shares power and who is not fully devoted to themselves (Servant Leadership, 2014). The belief that as a servant leader they have a duty to improve the quality of organizations through decision making, structure and leadership qualities. They do not set themselves higher than any one person. As a servant leader the person always makes sure that the wants and needs of others are being fulfilled. As a servant leader a person should be able to “fundamentally improve the caring and quality of all institutions though a new approach to leadership, structure, and decision making. The servant leadership concept emphasized increased service to others; a holistic approach to work; promoting a sense of community; and sharing of power in decision making” (Cone, 1985). In order to successfully be a servant leader one must be able to motivate other individuals while also serving them. Servant leadership is known world- wide and understood differently in various cultures and viewpoints. As Greenleaf says “ There are many ancient and contemporary examples of leaders in Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam that have led in destructive, self-serving, narcissistic and violent ways” (Dierendonck, 2010). This shows that not everyone sees servant leadership the same way. Throughout this paper the Indian culture and the Hinduism viewpoint will be investigated to show the similarities and differences.

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