Visiting scholar to discuss spirituality in business, leadership, decision-making

Visiting scholar to discuss spirituality in business, leadership, decision-making
January 12, 2010

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The separation between church and state has long been a tenant of U.S. politics. But what about the relationship between spirituality and business? Andre L. Delbecq, Ph.D., is the director of the Institute for Spirituality and Organizational Leadership at Santa Clara University. The institute was created to explore issues of spirituality within the context of organizations by bringing together scholars and business leaders to inquire about the nature of spirituality and the role it plays in organizational dynamics. Delbecq will present “Spiritual Practices of Leaders in Turbulent Settings” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10 in Scholl Hall Room 101. The presentation is part of Benedictine University’s “Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought” lecture series. “Leadership can be a dangerous calling for the psychologically and spiritually immature,” Delbecq said. “Such leaders experience a life of increasing stress and often leave their role in a state of brokenness. High performing leaders continually calibrate their inner spiritual compass.” Delbecq will also present “The Seductions of Power and Leadership Distortions” at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 in Scholl Hall Room 101. “This presentation will examine the social-psychological and spiritual pitfalls that lead to leadership distortion,” Delbecq said. The lectures are free and open to the public.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.