Ignatian Leadership in Jesuit Schools

Ignatian Leadership in Jesuit Schools

Resources for Reflection and Evaluation
Joseph F. O'Connell, S.J

Jesuit schools aim to educate young men and women of competence, conscience and compassion. They endeavor to form leaders who will live a life of service for others in imitation of Christ. They strive to graduate people who are committed to the Ignatian vision of con-tinually choosing to do the greater good that can be done within and beyond the ordinary opportunities of daily life and work. Naturally, the same ideals of Ignatian leadership that Jesuit schools propose for their students and graduates pertain just as well to the members of their administration, faculty and staff.

Accordingly, the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA) was asked to put together resource materials to help Jesuit schools evaluate their leadership people, particularly those in the positions of president and principal. Clearly faculty, staff and other administrators also play important roles of leadership in the school. So while the focus of the materials may seem to rest on the roles of president and principal, I hope that much of what will be said and offered in terms of tools, processes and principles can be adapted and applied mutatis mutandis to other significant roles of Ignatian leadership in Jesuit schools.