Priestly professor proclaims principles of leadership

Madeline Noda/ Contributing Writer

Leaders from all over the world, who have disciplines in various areas, have obtained unique and effective leadership approaches that have influenced their businesses and the public.

The upcoming Leadership Lectures series will feature Robert Schreiter, a professor and priest. The event will be held at the College of Law, in Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall 1000, on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.

The theme of Schreiter’s lecture will be the leadership skills needed to bring about social reconciliation.

“Reconciliation has two dimensions: coming to terms with a painful, divided past and building a different kind of future,” wrote Schreiter in an email to Student Media: “Through experience in all kinds of different settings, I have come to get a better sense of the skills needed to lead people through this double process of healing the past and building the future.”

Schreiter is currently a Vatican Council II professor of theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is also a priest and member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He has published various books on topics such as social reconciliation.

The professor has lectured in over 50 countries in academic and church settings regarding enculturation, intercultural communication, reconciliation, religious life and world mission.

Garth Headley, associate director of Marketing and Corporate Relations in the Center of Leadership, said Schreiter’s mission aligns with that of the Center.

“Our goal here at the Center is to advance leadership thought and share as much to the public as we can about leadership approaches and research regarding effective and ethical decision-making,” Headley said.

“The center encourages leaders to not only to develop a style that creates gains for your organization, but also to look beyond that and see how it will affect your community positively,” Headley said.

Headley said he wants people to walk away from the lectures like Schreiter’s with leadership tools to become effective, ethical leaders.

The event is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to RSVP due to limited space.

“We think of it as our obligation to provide these opportunities to the FIU students and the Miami community at no cost,” Headley said.

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