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David W. Arnesen

Leadership, Vision, & Reflection – Applying Ignatian Concepts to Develop Transformational Leaders with a Select Application to Sustainability

ABSTRACT Jesuit business schools have an obligation to develop ethical transformational leaders who seek a just and humane world. Whether it is addressing the needs of social justice or leading change to advance sustainability, Jesuit schools have a unique ability to apply Ignatian concepts in development of responsible leaders. This article examines those concepts including the insight of reflection, the gift from empowering others, the strength from building trust, and the rewards of silent servant leadership to help others rise. In examining the “modeling” of successful leaders we’ll look at how the transparency of leadership is essential to lead change in such areas as social justice and sustainability. In reflecting on the philosophy of great leaders we’ll see how Ignatian principles can form the core foundation for building great leaders from Jesuit business schools.