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Whole LeaderLEAD 00: Leading from Within:

Twenty-first-century leaders are rewarded for their drive, decisiveness, productivity, and long work hours. In such an environment, what happens to the heart and soul of the leader? Too often, they shrivel and die, resulting in harm to the leader and to the organization the leader serves.

The past decade has witnessed scandal after scandal: in business, in non-profits, in religious institutions. Leaders give in to pressures to cook the books, to make a quick buck, or to the allurements of greed, lust, and power. Businesses lose their reputations and their customers. Public institutions lose the confidence of their constituencies. Churches lose the trust of their members. This world of scandals desperately needs authentic leaders, leaders in touch with their hearts and souls.

Even short of scandal, leaders can easily drift toward burnout. The dream that originally drew leaders to their work loses its luster. Leaders find themselves going through the motions, ground by the daily pressures, responding to the daily complaints of employees and constituents, and succumbing to the seeming inevitability of mediocrity.

This burnout spreads from the top down. Employees, after all, long to work in institutions that exhibit integrity. When they sense a lack of congruence with an organization’s purpose, employees disengage. Disengaged employees lack motivation and lack commitment to their organization’s mission, resulting in a dip in productivity, organizational effectiveness, and profitability.

Today’s organizations are impoverished spiritually, and many of their most important problems are due to this impoverishment. When facing such challenges as burnout and erosion of integrity, where can leaders find the help they need to keep their souls as alert as their minds and bodies? Business schools aren’t designed to teach soul formation. On the contrary the typical business school education de-forms the soul as does the typical organization environment.

This is an experiential course, in which participants’ own leadership experiences serve as the basis for reflection and discernment. Insights from the fields of spirituality, management, and leadership studies are combined to consider leadership of businesses, congregations, non-profits, hospitals, and other organizations.

Outcomes: By the end of the course, participants’ will have:

  • Analyzed a leadership situation from own experience.
  • Critically assessed the leadership theories we examine in the course.
  • Reflected on their own spiritual awareness and resources in relation to leadership situations in which they find themselves.
  • Experimented with practicing and teaching spiritual discernment in leadership situations.


  • This is a self-paced program with eight sessions spread over eight weeks.
  • Contact us to tell us about whom you wish to train, when and where.
  • We'll work with you to accommodate your budget and schedule and to customize the training according to your needs.
  • If you want to explore this more, please feel free to contact us.

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