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Servant Leadership Across Cultures by Ed Voerman, Fons Trompenaars

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The modern age

This idea is also visible in the modern age. For example, Albert Schweitzer said, ‘The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.’

Martin Luther King, Jr. said the same thing in a different way: ‘Life’s most persistent question is: What are you doing for others?’

The Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore was more poetic when he philosophized, ‘I awoke and saw that life is service. I acted and, behold, service was joy.’

One of the most well-known servant-leaders of the twentieth century was Mother Theresa, who was quoted as saying, ‘There is joy in transcending yourself to serve others.’

The importance of service is clearly a universal given—and that says something about the value of this principle. ...

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