What did Martin Luther King Jr. mean by the "drum major instinct"? How can this instinct have a negative impact in leadership? How can it have a positive impact in leadership?

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church was given February 4th, 1968 and entitled "The Drum Major Instinct." He used the analogy of a drum major who is out in front leading the way to describe the instinct in all people to be recognized, praised, and feel or be important. He also used the Biblical reference to Mark chapter ten verse thirty-five to give listeners the words of Jesus on the subject of being first, being recognized, and being important. James and John, the sons of Zebedee, requested of Jesus that when He came into His kingdom, they would be allowed to sit at His right and left hand. Jesus told them that what they asked was not his to give. He said that the greatness they desired must be earned, and told them that whoever desired to be great in God's kingdom must become the servant of all, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45, NIV)

King went on to note that we all...

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