On Friday, October 5th we were “at home” to meet fellow Jesuits and those who join in their ministries in Ireland. More than thirty guests came for the evening at Cardoner House, our community and the home of the European tertianship. As a focal point for this special occasion, Fr. Joe Dargan, S.J. gave a presentation on the topic of leadership entitled “Leading from Within. Great Leaders Grow. Walk toward Wisdom: Reflections on Leadership and Ignatian Spirituality.”
In the lecture, Joe shared with us his rich experience in this field. He viewed a leader as anyone who shows others the future. Starting from the necessity of self-awareness, he identified inner personal resources as the most important creative source for leadership.
A proper understanding of the interconnection between the leader´s and the follower´s roles, both being active roles, enables a leader to exercise the art of letting the best come out of others. Addressing the wide variety of personal leadership styles, Joe proposed the concept of leadership as a continuous growth toward lifelong wisdom.
With Jan van de Poll as moderator, Joe responded to questions from the audience. A friendly talk followed in the hall, with light refreshments served. Among the guests, we were pleased to welcome Fr. Thomas Layden, the Provincial of the Irish Province, Fr. Dermot O´Connor, the Socius to the President of the European Provincials’ Conference and other notables.