Transformational Leadership Institute, 2017
We live in challenging times. Changes in our country’s economic, moral and cultural landscape have impacted individuals and communities in ways that have sapped physical and economic resources, demoralized spirits, and fractured the social bonds that order civic life based on the common good. The result? an abandonment of our common commitment to higher values, the greater good and community needs.
It is clear that the traditional model of technical (“fix-it”) leadership is no longer adequate in addressing these challenges. Today’s leaders are called to reconceptualize their work: to create new ways of learning, leading and working that empower those they serve to become leaders themselves.
This kind of leadership requires a courage, conviction and compassion that arise from a place deep within a person’s spirit. This GTF Leadership Institute offers those in leadership positions the opportunity to cultivate their outer and inner lives: to take time apart for personal reflection, skill building and spiritual deepening, and consider practical application of what their leadership, arising from a core of spiritual groundedness might look like.
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Tutor: Dr. Susan Fowler, Dorothy Day Professor of Spirituality and Leadership
Dates: June 4 – 8, 2017
Location: Mercy By the Sea, Madison, CT 06443
Credits: NPO or two Units of Study
Learning Objectives: By the end of the week participants will have
- Gained a deeper knowledge of who they are, what gifts they bring to the work, and how their values ground their leadership and ministerial practice.
- discovered the spiritual roots of their call to ministry by exploring theoretical and theological concepts of vocation and identity
- Informed their understanding of transformational, servant and contemplative leadership concepts and styles.
- Built upon this understanding and strengthened their leadership praxis by engaging in experiential exercises designed to build practical leadership skills.
- Considered possibilities for how their practical application can strengthen their ministerial and/or leadership practice.
- Developed a collaborative learning community within which to deepen learning and which can support each other after the program ends.
Learning Strategies: This program uses a two-part strategy grounded in the action-reflection model of praxis.
- Theory/reflection: exploring theological concepts of vocation and identity and theoretical models of leadership, particularly as these relate to vocational identity – what are the spiritual roots of my call to service? Who am I as transformational servant leader?
- Praxis/Action: engaging in experiential exercises designed to build practical leadership skills.
- Reflection: considering possibilities for how their practical application can strengthen their ministerial leadership practice and open new possibilities for organizational transformation.
STRUCTURE OF THE WEEK
Each day is divided into two sessions, a morning session meeting from 9:15 – noon and an afternoon or evening session of about 2 ½ hours
The work of the morning is to explore and reflect on the concepts, theories and assigned readings and to share and discuss our papers with each other. The work of the afternoon or evening is twofold: engaging in experiential exercises designed to build practical leadership skills, and considering possibilities for how their practical application can strengthen our ministerial leadership practice and open new possibilities for organizational transformation.
PROGRAM FOR DAILY MEETINGS (specific readings and session to be assigned)
MONDAY: Vocation and the Call to Leadership
Preparation: 1. completion of readings and a 1000 word paper, and a response to the Question sheet: Where are you coming from? (templates for both papers will be sent to you via email after your register. These are to be completed and sent to Dr. Fowler via email by May 1.
- Session I How does the Holy One call you to be?
- Session II What does the world call forth from you?
TUESDAY: Transformational, Servant and Prophetic Leadership models
- Session I: The nature and purpose of various leadership styles
- Session II: Identifying and applying your own leadership style in ministry
WEDNESDAY: The Shadow Side of Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities
- Session I The Hidden and the Light.
- Session II Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading
THURSDAY: Leadership in Service to the World: Burning Bright without Burning Out
- Session I: How do I lead through change, transition and transformation?
- Session II: How does the world call me to itself?
Developing action steps for self-care and soul care
To complete the course requirements and receive 6 course credits, you will write a summative final paper of at least 15 pages that synthesizes your learning from both sessions of the day (i.e. the theoretical and practical) and includes refinements resulting from the Institute experience itself. The final paper will be submitted electronically via email to Dr. Fowler within 21 days of completing the Institute.
- Haughey, John, ed. Revisiting the Idea of Vocation: theological explorations. Washington DC. Catholic University Press 2004 ISBN 0-8132-1361-4
- Pearson, Carol The Transforming Leader:New Approaches to Leadership for the 21st Century San Francisco, Barrett Kohler Publishers. 2012. ISBN: 978-1-60994-120-8
- Additional texts and readings may/will be added.
- Beazley, H, Julie Beggs and Larry Spears eds. The Servant Leader Within: A Transformative Path. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. 2003
- Burns, James MacGregor. Transforming Leadership. New York, NY: Atlantic Monthly Press. 2003
- Greenleaf, Robert Servant Leadership. Mahwah, NJ. Paulist Press. 1977
- Kouses, James and Barry Posner. The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 2002
- Palmer, Parker. Let your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass, 2004
- Whyte, David. Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity. New York, Riverhead Books. 2001