Grand Canyon University Servant Leadership in Diverse Contexts Discussion

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While servant leadership is often associated with Christianity and the Bible, one could argue that it is compatible with most religions and philosophies and that it transcends cultures. This assignment presents you with an opportunity to explore other cultures, philosophies, and religions and asks you to think critically about how servant leadership practices are apparent in other religions and cultures.

Select one cultural context. Also select one religious viewpoint. You may not select Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, or Christianity, including any of its denominations or traditions such as Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism.

Examine how the principles of servant leadership are evident in that chosen culture and in that chosen religion. In an essay (1,250-1,500 words), identify similarities and differences between servant leadership’s philosophies and the values evident in the selected cultural context and religious viewpoint. Be sure to provide specific examples of practices and/or values in your discussion.

You are required to locate a total of four articles that address servant leadership in your chosen cultural context and religious viewpoint. Two of the articles should examine servant leadership from a different cultural perspective and two articles should examine servant leadership from a different religious perspective. Be sure to select academic articles from reputable sources that are 10-20 pages in length. Include information from the articles in your discussion.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

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Running Head: SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN DIVERSE CONTEXTS

Servant Leadership in Diverse Contexts
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SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN DIVERSE CONTEXTS
Introduction
Servant leadership is described as a people-centered leadership model in which the
leader serves the followers (Winston & Ryan, 2008). Some of the principles that define this
model include empathy, persuasion, awareness, foresight and stewardship. Although this
leadership style is common in corporate circles, it is also evident in various religious and
cultural contexts. In particular, Taoism which is practiced in China embodies servant
leadership as it promotes virtues such as self-awareness, serving others, empathy, foresight
and humility. Servant leadership has also been observed in various African cultures those
practiced in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. For instance, in the African context, servant
leadership is defined by perspectives such as humanity, sacrificing for others and love
(Winston & Ryan, 2008). This essay will explain servant leadership and its presence in
Taoism and African cultures and will also evaluate the differences and similarities in both
contexts.
The evidence of Servant Leadership in Taoism and African Cultures
Taoism, both as a religion and philosophy, is one of the folk religions and is attributed
to Lao Tzu. Taoism is mostly practiced in rural China and promotes virtues such as genuine,
longevity, health, transformation and detachment. Available evidence shows that the
principles of servant leadership are common in Taoism. To begin with, servant leadership
manifests in Taoism as it promotes the concept of service to others. That is, Taoism rejects
the notion of a powerful leader and expects leaders to devote service to their followers. This
argument is supported by Winston & Ryan (2008) who argue that serving others is a common
trait of servant leadership. Therefore, since Taoism encourages leaders to serve their
followers, it is governed by the principles of servant leadersh...


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