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The Effects of Stress on Leadership Behavior: Examining Jesuit Leadership in a Modern World

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A former Jesuit seminarian once said that we are all leaders and we are leading all of the time (albeit poorly in most cases). The concept of Jesuit leadership holds that a leader is the architect of his or her life and master of the world around them. Through taking the initiative to lead in areas of challenge, great or small, a leader dares to achieve positive change their objective and act when it is easier to be passive and uncaring. Because the Jesuits believe that everyone is a leader, this entails that everyone can practice, learn, and train to become a greater leader than they were before. More now than ever does the world offer chances for everyone to assume leadership. According to the World Economic Forum, 86% surveyed believe that the world is in a leadership crisis. If anything, the world needs more 1 better-trained, charismatic, and inspirational leaders. However, this call to leadership in the 21st century and the notion that anyone can lead faces challenges from old schools of thought and, more recently, new evidence to the contrary. According to Gallup’s State of the American Manager, which is an annual report building on a body of extensive research of management teams in the corporate world for over 40 years, 7 in 10 people are unfit to lead regardless of leadership training or experience. Alongside this data, Gallup suggests that the 2 corporate world’s promotion and hiring practices for leadership and management roles cost business $319 billion to $398 billion annually. This information challenges 3 the fundamental concepts of Jesuit leadership, not just that some are talented leaders.

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