|Title||Leadership and Spirituality|
Two contemporary meanings of spirituality are currently prevalent. “One is characterized by withdrawal, turning inward, parochialism, and attending to God and one’s inner self” (Harris, 1996, p. 75) the second form of spirituality “demands even deeper involvement and immersion in the world than usual” (Harris, 1996, p. 75) and therefore is the focus for this course in which participants will seek to link leadership and spirituality and reflect on how we go about our daily lives “in the light of the Mystery at the core of creation” (Harris, p. 2). Spiritual practices that enable leaders to be the kind of leaders they wish to be, or wish to become, will be considered and students will have an opportunity to practice various time-honored methods of meditation.
During a culminating activity, participants will share their insights regarding the intersections between spirituality and leadership that they believe hold promise for a transcendent leadership that elevates the human spirit and inspires actions with the potential for moving the world towards peace and justice.