Core to Camden Catholic’s mission is developing leaders in the Catholic tradition in order to empower students to define their purpose, to serve others and God, and to develop creative solutions leading to a just society. Camden Catholic High School recognizes that for students to be successful leaders in the 21st century economy there are a set of skills and competencies that students need to develop beyond the fundamental lessons of traditional education. Based in the research of Catholic Leadership Principles, Positive Psychology, and 21st century skills, the Leadership Academy provides students with an array of Leadership Academy programs that enable students to build this additional skill set.
Camden Catholic’s Leadership Academy provides students and teachers the opportunity to be innovators in Catholic education by creating educational experiences that:
- Teach content outside of the traditional educational curriculum founded in the field of Positive Psychology and the 21st century skills and that have been proven to help students maximize their potential and the potential of those they lead.
- Enhance students intrinsic motivation by empowering students with the opportunity to chose the focus of their Leadership Academy training based on their passions and interest.
- Provide students with experiential learning opportunities to see the application of the content in the real world. Students immerse themselves in the content outside of the traditional educational setting.
- Enable students to collaborate and create through project based learning. Students apply the content they learn to create goal oriented outcomes.
- Assist students through reflective practice to help students internalize the lessons learned and further develop their relationship with God.
LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CORE PRINCIPALS
based on Chris Lowney’s book
Heroic Leadership Self Awareness “To Order One’s Life”
Leaders thrive by understanding who they are and what they value, by becoming aware of unhealthy blind spots or weaknesses that can derail them, and by cultivating the habit of continuous self-reflection and learning.”
- “We’re all leaders, and we’re leading all the time, well or poorly.”
- “Leadership springs from within. It’s about who I am as much as what I do.”
- “Leadership is not an act. It’s a way of life, a way of living.”
- “You never complete the task of becoming a leader. It’s an ongoing process.”
Ingenuity: “The whole world will become our house”
“Leaders make themselves and others comfortable in a changing world. They eagerly explore new ideas, approaches, and cultures rather than shrink defensively from what lurks around life’s next corner. Anchored by nonnegotiable principles and values, they cultivate the “indifference” that allows them to adapt confidently. Leaders face the world with a confident, healthy sense of themselves as endowed with talent, dignity, and the potential to lead.”
“Saint Ignatius of Loyola described the ideal Jesuit as “living with one foot raised” – always ready to respond to emerging opportunities. A leader must be vigilant about and set aside ingrained habits, prejudices, cultural biases and the “we’ve always done it this way” attitude – baggage that blocks effective, adaptive responses. He or she stands by core beliefs and values that are nonnegotiable. Knowing what’s negotiable and what isn’t, the leader can adapt or accommodate confidently.”
Love: “With greater love than fear”
“Leaders find the God given attributes in others and passionately commit to honoring and unlocking the potential they find in themselves and in others. They create environments bound and energized by loyalty, affection, and mutual support – places marked by ‘greater love than fear’.”
“Individuals perform best when they are respected, valued, trusted by someone who genuinely cares for their well-being. Ignatius used to say “Refuse no talent, nor any man of quality.” Do we treat people well because we need them to do things for us, or do we empower them to develop their gifts, regardless? Do we strive to make people want to work and make a difference rather than just making them work? This love-driven leadership involves:
- the vision to see each person’s talents, potentials, and dignity
- the creativity, passion, and commitment to unlock those potentials
- the resulting loyalty and mutual support that energize and unite teams”
Heroism: “Eliciting great desires”
“Leaders imagine an inspiring future and strive to shape it rather than passively watching the future happen around them. They extract gold from opportunities at hand rather than waiting for golden opportunity to be handed to them.”
“One will not achieve the dream one cannot imagine. This involves the Ignatian ideal of the “magis” (A.M.D.G. – “for the greater glory of God” lies in a total surrender to God). At times this means envisioning and imagining heroic objectives. At other times, it entails the Theresian ideal of “doing an ordinary act with great love.” It may involve doing more; or it may mean doing less. This always involves compassion toward others in understanding of weaknesses, but aiming high nevertheless.”