Called to Leadership

A personal perspective: A focus on the Self

Leadership development is first and foremost a journey of self-development. This perspective focuses on our personal experience of leadership, including: our roles and functions, how we relate to our job, our skills and competencies, our preferred leadership styles, our perceptions of others and the world, the emotions we experience, our core values and motivations, our biases and beliefs.... Simply put, it is about growing in self-awareness of who I am and developing as a person called to leadership.

1. INTRODUCTION - A JOURNEY INTO THE SELF

Leadership is first and foremost personal development (Muff et. al.), so we start with focus on ourselves as individuals. 

2. OUR APPROACH TO LEARNING

Learning, change and development can be hard for people to achieve and sustain over time. This section offers some ideas to make this possible.

3. THE NATURE OF LEADERSHIP WORK

Most leadership books focus on what leaders should do while they constantly forget to analyse what leaders really do. This section addresses this second point.

4. LEADERSHIP TASKS AND ROLES

Leadership is visible in actions. In this section we take a step towards the analysis of the roles and tasks leaders tend to focus their attention on.

5. LEADERSHIP THEORIES

Building awareness of the existing leadership theories will help us recognise various styles in particular situations and allow us to develop our preferred style.

6. LEADERSHIP GIFTS & SKILLS

The qualities of successful leaders have been a central focus in leadership literature. We look into this vast world and analyse our own gifts for leadership.

7. SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP: IGNATIUS AS A LEADER

We stop in our journey of self reflection to look into a key leadership figure, Saint Ignatius of Loyola. One of the founders and inspirations of the Society of Jesus.

8. DIGGING DEEPER

We move from analysing visible aspects of the leadership work to recognize less visible influences that are behind our behaviour.

9.UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN BEING

We cannot understand the leader without first understanding the human person and how he makes sense of him/herself and the world.

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10. VALUE-BASED LEADERSHIP

Interest in value-based and authentic leadership theories emerged when other models were seen to bring deception and exploitation. Here we focus on values.

11. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Studies cite a lack of sufficient emotional intelligence amongst leaders to respond to the relational demands of 21st century leadership. What does this mean for us?

12. SOURCE OF VITALITY

This section is to talk about that experience which gives life and how we can live a purposeful life. In the Christian tradition this experience has to do with our own relation to God and Jesus.

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