DS8120F | Taking Up Your Role as Leader

DS8120F | Taking Up Your Role as Leader
Starts from:Fri, February 10, 2017
Campus Location

99 Studley Park Rd,Kew,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Unit Points 15 Points
  • Assessment Type One 3000-word paper on Exploring Unconscous Processes (weighting 50%) | One 3000-word paper on Taking up your role as a leader (weighting 50%)
Class Description

This unit will help the student to apply key concepts of organisational behaviour, psychodynamics, systems thinking and spirituality to the task of leadership. The student will be helped to take up the role of leader in his or her current working situation, and develop the capacity to attend to and work with conscious and unconscious processes in the workplace.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Recognise their organisation as a living human system and how people behave on the basis of their organisation-in-the-mind;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of role and the experience of being a person-in-role;
  • Recognise and handle constructively the effect on working relations of conscious and unconscious forces, learn to live with anxiety, uncertainty and ‘unknowing’;
  • Reflect meditatively on experience and integrate an understanding of what it means to be contemplatives in action in the workplace;
  • Be sensitive to faith, values and belief as sources of energy in one’s own work and life, and that of others.



Participants will have made the full Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, either as a 30-day experience (the 20th Annotation retreat), or as a 35-week experience (the 19th Annotation retreat).  Experience in directing retreats or in giving spiritual direction will not be required.




7:00pm Friday 10 February – 3:00pm Sunday 12 February, 2017

7:00pm Friday 31 March – 3:00pm Sunday 2 April, 2017

8x one hour role consultations, one per week.

Total 36 hours.



Conference Room, Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality | 99 Studley Park Road, Kew, Victoria



Revd Dr Michael Smith SJ


Recommended Reading

Armstrong, D.G., Organisation-in-the-mind: Psychoanalysis, Group Relations & Organisational Consultancy. London: Karnac Books, 2005.

Benefiel, M., Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organisations, Seabury Books: New York, 2005.

Borbely, J., et al, Focusing Group Energies, Scranton, Pennsylvania: Private Printing, 1992.

Borbely, J., et al, Understanding Group Spiritual Life, Scranton, Pennsylvania: Private Printing, 1999.

Borbely, J., et al, Facilitators’ Manual for Focusing Group Energies, Scranton, Pennsylvania: Private Printing, 1992.

Greenleaf, R.K., Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power & Greatness, Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2002.
Klein, M. “Our Adult World and its Roots in Infancy.” Our Adult World and Other Essays, Klein M. Heinemann, 1963.

Lawrence, WG. “Signals of Transcendence” in Tongued with Fire: Groups in Experience. Ed. by WG Lawrence. London: Karnac Books, 2001.

Long, S., The Perverse Organisation and its Seven Deadly Sins, Karnac Books: London, 2008.

Lowney, C., Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World, Loyola Press: Chicago, 2005.

Moltmann, J., God in Creation: an Ecological Doctrine of Creation, London: SCM,1985. O’Murchu, D. The Transformation of Desire, New York: Orbis, 2007.

Newton J., et al, Coaching in Depth: The organisational role analysis approach, Karnac London and New York 2006.

Sharmer C.O., Theory U: Leading From the Future as it Emerges, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc, San Francisco, 2009.

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