Servant Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship and the Will to Serve

Spiritual Foundations and Business Applications

  • Luk Bouckaert
  • Steven C. van den Heuvel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Philosophical and Spiritual Foundations

  3. Social Entrepreneurship: Serving the Common Good

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Emilio Di Somma
      Pages 143-160
    3. Sharda S. Nandram, Puneet K. Bindlish, Harsh Purohit, Ankur Joshi, Priti Hingorani
      Pages 161-186
    4. Kevin Jackson
      Pages 211-233
    5. Jack Barentsen
      Pages 235-253
    6. Mara Del Baldo, Maria-Gabriella Baldarelli
      Pages 255-284
  4. Servant Leadership in the Context of Business

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 391-394

About this book


This book brings together a number of important essays on the intersection of servant leadership and social entrepreneurship, examining them through a shared focus on ‘the will to serve’. This combination bears out the insight that inspiring social and economic leaders are able to transform a conflictual human settlement into a collaborative and caring human community. The book seeks to answer the question of whether we can induce from their ‘way of doing things’ a model of civic entrepreneurship and leadership that can inspire people in profit, non-profit and public organizations. It also examines the extent to which the will to serve is compatible with the will to maximize profit or the will to gain economic, political or religious power. Furthermore, it asks how far different spiritual traditions create different models and examples of servant leadership and social entrepreneurship. This book will be of interest to researchers working in the fields of business ethics, business spirituality and corporate social responsibility.


Christianity religious leadership ethics business models entrepreneurship ethical entrepreneurship sustainability ipseism Buddhism Simone Weil business education Anarchist Entrepreneurship John Wesley business philosophy Christian business

Editors and affiliations

  • Luk Bouckaert
    • 1
  • Steven C. van den Heuvel
    • 2
  1. 1.LeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.LeuvenBelgium

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