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ERIC Number: ED556917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 464
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ISBN: 978-1-3039-2858-1
Hermeneutics of Leadership: The Meaning and Transmission of Leadership and Catholic Jesuit Cultural Ethos and Values through the Lenses of Seven Jesuit University Leaders' Emeriti and Father Theodore Hesburgh
Muoneme, Maduabuchi Leo
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Gonzaga University
In this hermeneutics of leadership study, my purpose was to discover and understand the phenomena of Catholic and Jesuit university presidential leadership through the lenses of seven Jesuit university leaders' emeriti and Father Theodore Hesburgh. Beyond the general backdrop of higher education in America, a systematic overview of organizational culture theory was a wholesome backdrop to situate this study of Catholic Jesuit university leadership by these emeriti leaders. These priests exhibited characteristics of democratic leadership because they empowered other academic leaders, set clear goals, and were vigilant and decisive as they facilitated the collaboration of faculty and staff in executing the mission of their respective universities. From their responses, there was a convergence of the meaning of Catholic Jesuit education. Some of the nexus of meanings can be seen in the inherent values and philosophies that they all held. These include 1) emphasis on formation of youth and passing on of values and norms for the good of society, 2) excellence in scholarship and research, 3) meaningful relationships between the university campus and its local and national contexts, 4) personal care of students, and 5) promotion of faith and justice. Leadership traits that seemed common to all participants are alertness, shrewdness, sociability, authenticity of self, insightfulness, intelligence, friendliness, humility, and integrity. An emerging theme in this study is leadership and spirituality and the role of transcendence in the heart of leadership. Interpreting the analyses of their styles of leadership, I found they manifested the heart of servant leadership, Level 5 leadership, transformational leadership, and situational leadership. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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