Organisational Behaviour and Spiritual Leadership

Organisational Behaviour and Spiritual Leadership
Starts from:Tue, July 30, 2019 9:30AM - 12:30PM
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Leadership Foundational unit of the Graduate Certificate in Leadership. Can also be taken within the Spirituality and Spiritual Direction pathways.
Class Description

DS8041J is the face-to-face class

DS8049J is the online class (Online students will be able to view the lectures within 48 hours after each weekly class with recordings available on ARK).

This unit will help students 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 lead adaptive change in the workplace.


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

  1. identify their organisation as a living human system and describe how people behave on the basis of their internalised organisational pictures;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of role and the experience of being a person in a leadership role in an organisational system;
  3. appropriate and demonstrate the skills of adaptive leadership;
  4. reflect and integrate an understanding of what it means to be contemplatives in action in the workplace;
  5. articulate the meaning of faith, values and belief in one’s own work and life, and that of the workplace.


Professor Maryanne Confoy RSC


Every Tuesday in Semester 2, 2019


9:30am to 12:30pm


Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

Nadal Classroom


For academic credit                       $2,448

Not for academic credit                $1,224


Armstrong, David.  Organisation-in-the-mind:  Psychoanalysis, Group Relations and Organizational Consultancy. London, UK: Karnac Books, 2005.

Barton, Ruth Haley. Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.

Benefiel, Margaret. Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations. New York, NY: Seabury Books, 2005.

Denning, Stephen. The Secret Language of Leadership:  How Leaders Inspire Action through Narrative. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2007.

Heifetz, Ronald, & Marty Linsky. The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Press, 2009.

Greenleaf, Robert.  Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2002.

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

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

Pitcher, Patricia. The Drama of Leadership (Kindle Edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2008.

Pitcher, Patricia. Artists, Craftsmen and Technocrats: The Dreams, Realities and Illusions of Leadership. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 1997.


  • Maryanne Confoy RSC


    Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC is a Religious Sister of Charity and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Pilgrim Theological College and University of Divinity. Maryanne and Michael Smith established the foundation of the Arrupe® Program and was one of its first...