A servant attitude in meeting the other. In that way leadership can give hope, hope for a better world. That is the conclusion of the conference ‘The will to Serve: Inspiring Models of Servant Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship,’ which took place from 24 to 26 May in Leuven. The conference has been organized by the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics, the European SPES Institute and the Damian Centre Leuven.
Eight keynote speakers, among which Prof. Dr. Patrick Nullens, Prof. Dr. Laszlo Zsolnai and Dr. Inge Nuyten, contributed to the theme. In addition, parallel sessions took place with almost thirty paper presentations shedding light on the theme from different perspectives. Together, it created an stimulating and challenging atmosphere, which added to a fruitful discussion between the about 65 participants. The conference motivated a serving type of leadership, regardless which spiritual background forms the basis for it. By a servant attitude in meeting the other, leadership can give hope for a better world, by a deeply felt responsibility for future generations.