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Drawing on research from three disciplines – leadership, cultural studies and theology – this paper addresses a gap that exists in contextualizing servant leadership to a Latin American context that acknowledges social and cultural scripts related to gender roles. The goal is threefold. First, this paper briefly explores the idea of a servant leader as a leadership paradox. Second, servant leadership is approached with a biblical and theological lens to help shed light on how leadership and women’s role are interpreted in Scripture. Lastly, this paper explores how servant leadership is a cultural paradox in a Latin American context given the social and cultural scripts ascribed to gender roles. Three practical concepts are then presented to help effectively contextualize servant leadership to the Latin American context.
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