The Hermeneutics of Jesuit Leadership in Higher Education
The Meaning and Culture of Catholic-Jesuit Presidents
With a focus on seven Jesuit university leaders emeriti and the late University of Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh, this book offers a critical analysis of the common values, philosophies, and leadership practices of Jesuit-Catholic university presidents within the broader higher education context. Looking at the impact of these leaders’ spirituality on their leadership styles, The Hermeneutics of Jesuit Leadership illuminates the influence of their common perspectives and leadership styles on university policy and culture. Offering a clear framework for Jesuit-Catholic organizational culture in higher education, the author explores the key lessons and practices that can be derived from the presidents’ similar leadership ideals and qualities.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Idea of a Jesuit Catholic University 2. Modus Operandi of this Hermeneutics of Leadership 3. Nurturing for Leadership 4. Leadership Behaviors and Styles 5. Translation of Values 6. Spirit of Jesuit Catholic Leadership 7. Power and Jesuit Catholic Leadership 8. Convergence Lens for University Leadership
Maduabuchi Leo Muoneme, S.J., is Special Adviser to the Vice Chancellor and Lecturer at Veritas University—the Catholic University of Nigeria, Abuja.
"The Hermeneutics of Jesuit Leadership in Higher Education should not only be in the hands of academic leaders, leaders of thought, and leadership scholars; it should also be in the hands of CEOs of corporations who are humble enough to learn life lessons and secrets from the wisdom, experiences, and successes of academic emeriti leaders."
--Professor Michael Kwanashie, Vice Chancellor of Veritas University, Nigeria
"Directly from the words of Catholic university presidents, this book provides insights from their leadership experiences in the paradoxical world of Catholic higher education."
-- Merylann J. Schuttloffel, Professor of Education, The Catholic University of America, USA.
"Have you asked yourself if leadership is inherited or learned, situational or static, universal or parochial? In this book, Muoneme addresses these perennial questions via interviews with eight successful college presidents and administrators. I believe that aspiring and current educational leaders can learn a great deal from Muoneme's keen insights."
-- Gregory Konz, S.J., Jesuit Community Administrator, Georgetown University