The goals of the LRB program include supporting monks and nuns in positions of leadership to grow
- more responsible – through a deeper understanding of what is expected from a leader in a monastic context
- more responsive – thanks to the ability to combine the wisdom of the rule, the social doctrine of the church and the science of management and leadership in new and original ways
- more competent – thanks to proven leadership techniques learned from top professionals in the field and adapted to a monastic context.
This program is oriented toward praxis and is based on sharing experiences, advice and tools. One of the advantages of the LRB program is sharing problems and experiences with other monks and nuns and learning from each other under the guidance of qualified advisers.
Structure of the 2020 LRB Course
Module 1 : Strategy-making
Like any other organization, a monastic community must deal with internal and external partners: members of the community, guests, employees, parishes, public and others. These stakeholder relations are decisive for the long-term success and survival of an organization. Leaders must shape these relations in a sustainable and strategic way. In this way, they provide their community with a common orientation and sense of purpose.
There are simple and efficient guidelines for the process of common listening and discernment required to develop a strategy truly in touch with reality. This module will introduce these guidelines through practical exercises that can be easily applied to the monastic environment.
Module 2 : Shaping organizations
A person in a position of responsibility must learn how to “read” the contexts he or she is trying to organize. This skill usually grows intuitively, through experience and natural ability. But there are several ways of understanding organizations and of responding to organizational challenges.
The aim of this module is to improve leadership practice by reflecting on ideas and approaches the participants already apply in their work. Interpreting organizational situations and problems with a multiplicity of perspectives fosters creativity and opens up inspiring new ways of dealing with routine tasks.
Module 3 : Leading People
What does leadership stand for?
People have different assumptions about leadership:
- You have to be born as a leader – it cannot be learned
- It depends on personality
- Leaders need to be charismatic
- Leaders are “in charge of everything”
No one ever became an effective leader only by reading one of the many instruction books. Rather a leader’s most decisive tools are:
- to know his or her strengths and weaknesses,
- to reflect on experiences, and
- to understand a mistake as a chance to learn and fair comment as room for development.
His or her role is to imagine an inspiring future and strive to shape it by uncovering talents and fostering shared responsibility of every single member in the community.
This module provides models and insights on leadership in a constantly changing environment. It supports leaders to learn how to adapt to new situations and reflect on value-oriented leadership.
Module 4 : Managing Projects
Unlike ordinary activities, projects are temporary and unique. Running projects requires vision, planning, sketching, communicating, monitoring and finally measuring the results.
In this module we want to ask:
- What is a project and how is it distinguished from ordinary activities?
- What is the role of a project manager?
- What are tools to develop a project?
- What are decisive steps to succeed?
- How can we avoid pitfalls?
This module helps to develop skills through exploring best practices and understanding goals and challenges of project management; analyzing the context and the resources available; and applying some basic tools.
Each participant gets a copy of our LRB-book
Müller-Stewens, G./Wolf, N. (Eds., 2019):
Leadership in the Context of Religious Institutions : The Case of Benedictine Monasteries
Pilgrimage to Subiaco