Transformational Leadership

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In 2009, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)—an organization representing 300 orders of sisters in the United States—suddenly gained wide attention following a critical doctrinal assessment issued by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Many became interested in the way the LCWR and its members exercised leadership. One of their members described it as “transformational leadership”—a “way-of-being-in-in-the-world.” To better understand this way of leadership, LCWR regularly conducts interviews with some of the most engaging and passionate of contemporary thinkers.

In this volume of interviews, eighteen theologians, psychologists, educators, and religious leaders from various fields and disciplines share their wisdom about a way of leadership able to meet the deep challenges of today’s world. Transformational Leadership offers the opportunity to learn from notables such as Walter Brueggemann, Judy Cannato, Joan Chittister, OSB, Constance FitzGerald, OCD, Donald Goergen, OP, Marty Linsky, and Margaret Wheatley.

Transformational Leadership, although originally addressed to American Catholic sisters, provides thoughtful and practical suggestions for living a Gospel-centered life and its unique collection of personalities and insight makes it of interest to all men and women seeking to live and lead with purpose and depth.

Annmarie Sanders, IHM is the communications director of the LCWR and editor of Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times. She lives in Silver Springs, MD.

Book Details

Transformational Leadership
Conversations with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Annmarie Sanders, IHM
Foreword by Pat Farrell, OSF
While this slim volume is aimed at women religious, anyone responsible for a leadership role, whether in religious or secular circumstances, will find here much instructive information on the theory and practice of effective leadership.
Anyone interested in developing his or her own leadership skills, particularly within a faith-based environment, will find some helpful insights here.
Accessible, affordable, and — true to its title — transformational. Transformational Leadership should be found in the hands of those at the helm of Church ministries, whether it is the head of religious communities, the office of a nonprofit, or the boardrooms of hospitals and institutions of higher education.
The various interviews and reflections could form the basis for case studies for leadership seminars and workshops, not only for religious communities, but for leaders in government, civic organizations, workplaces and professional associations.
Skillfully conducted interviews with religious leaders shine light on what it takes to exercise “transformational leadership” in challenging times. The focus is on Catholic sisters but those interviewed represent a wider spectrum with even broader implications evident in the conclusions.
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