King, Jr., Martin Luther
In this famous sermon, delivered only two months before his death in 1968 and considered by some to be his eulogy, King explains that we all have in us "a kind of drum major instinct, a desire to be out front" leading the parade. Instead of saying that we should squelch this selfish impulse he instead attempts to wed it to the idea of service: "If you want to be important--wonderful. If you want to be recognized--wonderful. If you want to be great--wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness." In this same sermon, King also claims that everyone can serve, an assertion that brings into question what it means to be a servant leader, who service most benefits, and what it means to have an inclusive definition of “who can serve.”
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