Organisational Behaviour and Spiritual Leadership

Organisational Behaviour and Spiritual Leadership
Starts from:Thu, December 31, 2020
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.
  • 2021 This unit is not being offered in 2020 however, will be considered in the planning of the 2021 timetable. If you are interested in studying this unit, please email us at to register your interest.
Class Description

This unit is available online only.

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.


Therese Carroll


This unit was delivered in 2019 and will be offered again in 2021.


For academic credit                       $2,640

Not for academic credit                $1,320


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.


  • Therese Carroll rsj


    Therese Carroll rsj is a Sister of St Joseph with many years experience as a facilitator in organisational change, leadership and governance; primarily with Religious Congregations, Parishes, PJPs and 'for purpose’ organisations. She is also a Registere...