The Leader as Spiritual Subject
This course examines what is meant by the term ‘spiritual leadership,’ both from a theoretical perspective and from the practical application of how leadership unfolds in turbulent times. We will examine spiritual leadership as an evolving ideology and complex system. Guided by gnostic texts in The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, the course will explore the role of the heretical, the feminine, and the literary in fueling the awakening of leaders for the cultural and historical moment. The course takes up the following questions: How does a focus on leaders as spiritual subjects yield insights about spiritual leadership? What is the leader’s relationship with “knowing” and “not knowing”? How might ancient texts guide us into more meaningful (and timely) leadership behavior? Students will be introduced to new ways of exploring these questions, ways that open us to a more integrated experience of our own wholeness.
Abby Wells is a doctoral candidate in leadership at Alvernia University and a Fulbright scholar
at the University of Haifa in Israel. She received her MSW from Barry University and her MA in religious studies from Chestnut Hill College. An ethnohistorian, spiritual director and leadership scholar, her work sits at the intersection of leadership philosophy, systems theory and religious identity. She has focused much of her research on the racial politics of blackness in Jewish history, with interests that converge around late nineteenth century sources of Ethiopian Jewry. She has lectured on the spirituality of social problems and is presently working on a book project that examines the conceptual dimensions and boundaries of “divinity” in narrative leadership text. Bringing transpersonal approaches to leadership development, Abby works with thought leaders at the spiritual level of experience to bring forth what counts as real value to the global world. Learn more at