Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ronald Reagan: Servant Leaders

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Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ronald Reagan: Servant Leaders “If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.” – Ronald Reagan “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But, the Good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both men were correct in these statements and both had strong convictions to do the right thing. President Ronald Regan and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were each known for their ability to use their words to express their feelings and to serve those who depended on them in a time when strong leadership was not only expected, but also necessary. According to the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, a servant leader is one who “enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world (What is Servant Leadership? n.d.). When one looks at the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ronald Reagan, there may not be a strong correlation between the Civil Rights leader and the Actor turned President, however there are some striking similarities between their motives as servant leaders. Humble Beginnings and Faith in God Ronald Reagan was born on February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois to John and Nellie Reagan, who owned a business in Dixon, Illinois. His mother taught him how to pray as they attended a Disciples of Christ church and his family taught him the importance of small-town values, which included a strong work ethic, the importance of education and tolerance, helping your neighbor and being committed to God and family (Ronald Reagan Foundation, n.d.). He attended Eurek... ... middle of paper ... ...topics/us-presidents/ronald-reagan Ronald Reagan. (n.d.). The White House. Retrieved April 18, 2014, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/ronaldreagan Ronald Reagan Foundation. (n.d.). Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Retrieved April 18, 2014, from https://www.reaganfoundation.org/ Ronald Reagan: Biography. (n.d.). Biography.com. Retrieved April 18, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/ronald-reagan-9453198#awesm=~oBTMwxXcnng2EE Vox, L. (n.d.). The Long Battle for Martin Luther King Day That You Didn't Know about. About.com African-American History. Retrieved April 20, 2014, from http://afroamhistory.about.com/od/africanamericanculture/a/History-Of-Martin-Luther-King-Day.htm What Is Servant Leadership?. (n.d.). Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. Retrieved April 17, 2014, from https://greenleaf.org/what-is-servant-leadership/

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