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Title: Personal Leadership as Spiritual Way in Today's World
Subtitle: Exploring Christian Spirituality's Contribution to Today's Personal Leadership through Works of de Certeau and Ciszek
Author(s): VAN LAWICK VAN PABST, Jeroen A.
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 29    Date: 2019   
Pages: 237-256
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.29.0.3286945

Abstract :
The following is an exploratory study into the dynamics of personal leadership under conditions of confinement, exemplified by two authors from the Christian spiritual tradition. First, today’s fast changing world is portrayed as a hypercontext that challenges leading the self. Then, by means of de Certeau’s theory on everyday practices and by Father Ciszek’s spiritual narrative based on his long Soviet-captivity, we search for insights into leading the self in a field of tension between autonomy and heteronomy. Christian spirituality has a contribution to make to today’s secular personal leadership discourse. In a challenging and liberating way, it changes views of the self, leadership, work and context. It thematizes tactics or ways of doing to cope with situations of confinement and displacement. These ways of doing are distilled from theory and narrative. Personal leadership itself becomes a spiritual way in life. Academic researchers as well as practitioners and coachees in personal leadership development may benefit from this study’s approach and outcomes. Future research is indicated.

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