Mission Leadership Today

The mission leader role is clearly defined in relationship to important organizational processes, including strategic planning and hiring for key positions. This executive role relates to organizational bodies such as sponsors, a governing board, medical and nursing leadership, and other groups that exert important influence over organizational operations.

Mission leadership is marked by a demonstrated grasp of both the complexities of health care as a business and the unique theological, moral and spiritual expectations placed on a health care provider that claims Catholic identity. Mission leaders establish a credible leadership role alongside other colleagues on a senior leadership team with the ability to identify theological, ethical and moral issues embedded in day-to-day operations. They translate these issues in a way that engages the energy, talent and imagination of their team to identify directions and solutions.

The mission leader has the capacity to oversee specific areas of responsibility in support of the organization’s stated strategy. This includes accountability for the use of resources and the achievement of agreed upon outcomes and goals.

This leadership is exercised in a direct relationship to the CEO, through active participation on the executive management team and in interaction with staff at all levels. It is also exercised in effective interaction with the organizational sponsor, Catholic Church leadership and community shareholders.