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 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: Rev. Dr. Susan Fowler, Dorothy Day Professor of Spirituality and Leadership
Dates: June 4 – 9, 2017
Location: Mercy Center at Madison, 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.
Read a full description of the 2017 Transformational Leadership Institute.