After completing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Busy Persons, it was evident to me that my prayer life had been given form through the daily reflective structure derived from the Examen. I have used the strategies of the Examen in developing a thoughtful experience that school leaders can utilize each day in meeting the many challenges of leading a school community. It is through regular reflection focusing on learning from the day’s situations, decisions and issues, while seeking to find God’s active presence in all things, that the leader can find a path to servant leadership. While engaging in this practice, the servant leader is then called to live the Ignatian principle of being a person for and with others in all aspects of his or her personal and professional life.
Anthony Sabatino, Assistant Professor, School of Education