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SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN DIVERSE CONTEXTSServant Leadership in Diverse ContextsGrand Canyon University – MGT 410March 22, 2020
SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN DIVERSE CONTEXTSServant Leadership in Diverse ContextsThe paradoxical concept of servant leadership has been growing in its popularity eversince it was introduced by the late Robert K Greenleaf (1904-1990) about four decades ago; in1970 at the age of sixty- six (66), Greenleaf published theServant as a Leaderwhich was thefirst dozen essays on servant leadership (Dierendonck & Patterson, 2010) and ever since, it hasbeen gaining the interest of people around the world. Servant leadership refers to leadership thatserves first, it is a person orientated approach that focuses on building strong relationshipsamong people in organizations (Dierendonck & Patterson, 2010). Servant leadership is anecessary component in any setting whether formal or informal; it creates an environment wherepeople feel valued and are more receptive to achieving assigned task. In the pages to follow, theprinciples of servant leadership will be explored regarding the similarities and differences thatare apparent in the Indian culture and the religion of Hinduism.Indian CultureThe principles of servant leadership can be seen throughout numerous cultures includingthat of India. India is said to be an extremely interesting country that is very diverse, and has avariety of different languages, cultures, castes and religions (Barbanas & Clifford, 2012). TheIndian culture is considered on the world’s oldest culture and civilization is said to have beganabout 4500 years ago (Morgan, 2001).The cultural values of India have a huge impact on theirleadership traits especially when it comes to the well-being of people. The concept of servantleadership is evident throughout India because they live by the teachings of the sacred textMahabharata and Ramayana which teachings about the morale and ethical aspects of life.Similarities
SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN DIVERSE CONTEXTSThe concept of servant leadership can be traced back to the Sanskirt epics (Mahabharata& Ramayana) of ancient India; they are the most revered Hindu manuscripts that governs howIndians live their life and how they treat others around them. Like servant leadership, they see

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Term
Fall
Professor
Kenneth Hein
Tags
Jainism, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, diverse contexts

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