Leadership is a key issue in the Society of Jesus today. If we have good leaders we will have energised apostolates reaching out to the people who are most needy. We will have apostolates that can move forward in a dynamic way, with discernment and passion.
The Conference of European Provincials is developing a course for Jesuits and lay collaborators consisting of 4 modules that focus on different aspects of a leader and that link the rich Ignatian tradition with current leadership theory.
1. Module 1 tries to answer questions like: “How can I be a good leader considering my strengths but also my faults and vulnerabilities?” Participants reflect on themselves as individuals before God, and in particular on their gifts for leadership. The starting point is our vulnerabilities and our limitations as leaders, week one of the exercises: the sinner, the person with many limitations yet loved by God.
2. The second module focuses on “How can we preserve and develop the talents of those who offer themselves for the service of Christ’s mission?” Participants learn from contemporary leadership theory about good ways of building, managing, and supporting apostolic teams and from the experience of Saint Ignatius building a team “Why did his first two teams in Salamanca and Alcalá fail while succeeding in Paris?”
3. The Society of Jesus was established in Rome, it was constantly developing new structures of government: superiors, secretaries, legislation, a system of communication. Its “way of proceeding” was continually leading the members beyond established norms for the sake of greater divine service. Inspired by this creative fidelity at the Society’s origins, the third module focuses on “What are the organizational skills required for 21st century Jesuit mission?”
4. Since Vatican II and GC 32, the Society of Jesus has been sensing a call to rediscover a commitment to the poor and marginalized. More recently, Pope Francis has written of his preference for a Church “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets”. This final module explores “How can we develop ourselves and institutions for greater service at frontiers marked by challenges, instability, conflict, even danger? How can we help those who are most vulnerable?”
For more information please visit: ilp-cep.eu