ORGL 530 Servant Leadership (3 credits)
The foundations of Servant-leadership are explored with an emphasis on reviewing the original writings, and on conceptualizing and articulating the philosophy through a clarification of what it is, and why Servant-leadership is relevant. Human development theories are used as theoretical frameworks for identifying criteria to assess servant-leaders and servant-organizations, and for understanding how they develop and function. Dialogue is encouraged as a way of integrating aspects of the philosophy with applied experience and gain insights into the students own leadership approach.
ORGL 537: Foresight & Strategy (3 credits) (4-day residency in Spokane, WA)
In this course students will integrate more of the servant-leader characteristics, and further develop the disposition of a servant-leader. The course explores the art, science and methods leaders use to acknowledge, stimulate, and further develop their capacity of foresight. Students engage macro-system perspectives applying strategy and stewardship as they consider introducing vision into the reality of complex organizational and community systems.
ORGL 522 Leadership & Community (3 credits)
5-day residency at St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo, CA
This course is an appreciation for and an understanding of the leadership processes of empowerment, collaboration, and dialogue in the context of creating and transforming community. Emphasis is given to understanding individual and group development, structures of collaboration and dialogue, and leadership which is oriented toward process rather than product.
How does the leader develop community to facilitate individual growth and collective flourishing? Through experience and scholarship students explore and practice empowerment, collaboration, and dialogue in the context of creating structures and processes for sustaining and transforming community. At the Benedictine Abbey students become participant observers in an emersion designed to explore, practice, and come to an expanded understanding of the role and purpose of the leader’s involvement and commitment to building and sustaining meaningful and purposeful community. Experiential findings are then integrated with the literature on building community building and used to formulate a proposal for enhancing community flourishing. More info.
ORGL 532: Leadership Justice & Forgiveness (3 credits)
In this course students will begin the process of understanding leadership, justice, and forgiveness in the context of purposeful systems change. Servant leadership and restorative vs. retributive justice are important aspects of the learning community. The course engages students toward self-responsibility in the context of reconciliation, and the depth of heart, mind, and spirit that leads to healing and growth in community with others. Students will work to apply the interior leadership necessary for discernment and action within oppressive systems.
Students will engage the following questions:
- What are the basic understandings of servant-leadership, restorative justice and forgiveness?
- How can a person choose servant-leadership, restorative justice and forgiveness in the face of grave human atrocities and the furthest reaches of human suffering?
- Who does one forgive, and how does one approach forgiveness?
- What does it mean to be a person of restorative justice and forgiveness?
ORGL 535: Listen Discern Decide (3 credits)
In this class students will learn more in-depth concepts of Servant-leadership by learning approaches and practices of listening and discernment as a way of enhancing decision-making capacity. The course begins with a focus on interior and exterior listening. Listening and awareness techniques are then integrated with the principles and practices of discernment. The course progresses from a focus on the individual, to group, to listening and discerning and decision making in organizations and communities.
ORGL 575: Leadership & Accompaniment (Short-term, faculty-led program in Cali, Colombia)
The Leadership and Accompaniment course in partnership with Javeriana University in Cali was designed to meet the Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic mission of Gonzaga University. The main goal of the course is to increase student understanding of the nexus between macro, mezzo and micro factors that affect community development through learning about the context of the region and engaging with community leaders and student peers working alongside each other. Students will learn how to conduct a needs assessment and how to apply leadership and social justice frameworks to work in local and global contexts. Further, they will learn strategies for thinking and practicing ethical leadership, and will have increased self-awareness and cultural sensitivity through critical reflection and action. More info.