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Today, India is a very diverse nation who holds more than 1.2 billion people, they are considered the second most crowded country in the world. Being the second most crowded country, there are different areas in India that have their own unique society and differ in religion, language, food, and art. India can be looked at as “Unity in Diversity” meaning, they are very rich in culture and legacy. The people of India today take such pride of their country because of their culture and how unbending their culture is. They soak up each and every different society and turn them into a contemporary tradition. Indian culture is one of a kind and continues to proceed with time. Similarities and Differences in Indian CultureIndian culture also shows servant leadership skills such as being a great listener and beinga great observer. Countries in Southern Asia, are accepting of a leader who shows charismatic and value based leadership (Carroll &Patterson, 2014, pg.22). A great example of a person who projects great leadership and integrity is Mahatma Ghandi. Ghandi was the primary leader of India’s independence movement in the 1947. Ghandi fought for the civil rights of India. He organized peaceful boycotts against the British Institutions until there were changes that occurred. “For his part, Ghandi took several practical steps towards the building up of a commoncivic humanism for India…. He gave both moral and materal support…, embodying the ideals ofa new Islamic humanism” (Parel, 2003, pg. 20). Gandhi utilized the ahisma philosophy that signifies nonviolence. Ghandi was known to be trustworthy and supportive of the individuals 4
Servant Leadership in Diverse Contextswho followed him. He was known to be very trustworthy by Martin Luther King Jr. He saw Ghandi as someone who not only was about himself but wanted to serve the people of India and make sure they were content and had their rights. Ghandi wanted the people of India to receive power and dignity all together (Barnabas, A., & Clifford, P., 2012). His integrity and brave demonstrations through peaceful protesting motivated others to do the same and to develop social equality. There are many other extraordinary pioneers such as Rabindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarjini Naidu, and Ambedkar that have greatly shaped India and helped them become who they are today. They are not only great leaders, but their leadership skills and qualities can be examined and practiced today. They have greatly impacted India through their leadership.