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Accountability and Leadership in the Catholic Church

What Needs to Be Improved

Author(s): Brian Dive

Book Description

The Catholic Church is many things: a sign and instrument of Christ; a gathering of flawed human beings; and a mystery. It is, in some ways, unlike any other organization in the world, yet it is, nevertheless, an organization: as St John Henry Newman observed, “it has developed according to the laws under which combinations of men develop”. There are better and worse ways of structuring, and leading, organizations. Over the past century, a body of knowledge has developed about how to create “healthy”, effective organizations. This volume applies this knowledge to the church—in a way that will be of great interest to all who wish to understand the church, as well as to students and practitioners of organizational development—and identifies flaws in its organizational life. The ways in which its leaders are selected, trained, supported, and directed, must improve. Options for constructive change are outlined. Things can, and should, change, if the church is to show the world the light within it.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-4272-3
ISBN-10: 1-5275-4272-6
Date of Publication: 01/02/2020
Pages / Size: 220 / A5
Price: £61.99


Brian Dive is an international manager, consultant and author with fifty years of experience in organization design, leadership development and transformational change. For many years, he was Global Head of Organization at Unilever, where he led around fifty organizational design reviews. He also served as Chairman of the New York Conference Board’s Council on International Organization and Management for eleven years, working with thirty of the world’s leading multinationals. He has written three books on organizational development: The Healthy Organization (2002), The Accountable Leader (2008)—rated one of the best business books in the US that year by Soundview Executive Books—and Mission Mastery (2016). In 2014, he was honoured with a Doctorate in Business Administration from London Metropolitan University, where he was a Visiting Professor and a Fellow of their Centre for Progressive Leadership.