A succinct expression of the Ignatian vision of leadership uses historical language from the early history of the Jesuits. Jeronimo Nadal, a member of the nascent Society of Jesus in the 16th century, entrusted by St. Ignatius the task of communicating and engendering Ignatian ideals to Jesuits throughout the world. Everywhere Nadal went, he used consistently and employed the catch phrase nuestro modo de proceder or “our way of proceeding” in referring to the Ignatian style of leadership and ministry. Moreover, he used the following triad to capture three fundamental principles of the Ignatian charism: spiritu, corde, practice or “in the Spirit, from the heart, practically.”
“In the Spirit” – that which brings about consolation. Acting out of God’s presence, goodness, justice, unity, reconciliation, joy, or similar movements toward God.
“From the heart” – “Heart speaks to heart.” A way of speaking, acting and relating to others from the bottom of one’s heart. Engaging people at “the heart” does not mean solely touching their feelings and emotions but attracting people at the deeper level of motivations, values, and desires. It involves getting to the “heart of the matter,” relating to people at levels that give deeper meaning and purpose.
“Practically” – synonymous with “pastoral.” It entails what is more helpful in caring for and guiding people spiritually, toward holistic growth. The classic Jesuit expression inquires: “What is better for the ‘help of souls’?”
Six values that are commonly known as the principles of the Jesuits
Magis: Meaning “more.” This is the challenge to strive for excellence.
Women and Men for and with Others: Sharing gifts, pursuing justice, and having concern for the poor and marginalized.
Cura Personalis: “Care for the individual person.” Respecting each person as a child of God and all of God’s creations.
Union of Minds and Hearts: Developing the whole person and integrating all aspects of our lives.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (AMDG): Whatever we do, we do For the Greater Glory of God
Forming and Educating Agents of Change: Teaching behaviour that reflects critical thought and responsible, ethical action
Myanmar Leadership Institute commences this Diploma course by helping aspiring leaders to reach greater self-awareness, so that they may lead organisations and engage in society with greater conviction, knowledge and depth.