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Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

Father Augustine Thomas has a PhD in ‘Leadership Studies in Organization Development’ and currently serves as the Principal of St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar, Kathmandu.

Educational Leadership: A Challenging Hope for Today!

Published On: November 1, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

The pedagogical approach of higher education is meant to cater to the psycho-social formation of the students.

Tertiary Education at a Crossroads in Nepal

Published On: October 2, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

In recent years, a growing number of students have approached me for migration certificates or recommendation letters to leave the country and study abroad. To the questions, ‘Why do you want to leave your parents and homeland and go abroad? Why don’t you study in Nepal?’, they had answers or counter questions that explained the thought process behind their decision.

Leadership Development through Examen of Conscience

Published On: September 1, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

What most leaders seem to struggle with is, though they know the traits of great leadership, they are unable to attain them. How can leaders consistently grow to balance their IQ and EQ? How to redress the emotional impulses within and choose constructive behaviors?

The Power of Resonant Leadership Style

Published On: August 1, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

Intelligence Quotient (IQ) can make you the top ranker in school, help you write a well-researched thesis, and make you a great analyst and critic of theories. Still, IQ does not necessarily get you a passing mark in teamwork, empathy, or social connections. But Emotional Quotient (EQ)—the ability to understand and manage the emotions of oneself and others—does. The role of EQ in leadership roles has been established through the theory of Resonant Leadership.

Why Do Some Leaders Wither Away?

Published On: July 1, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

People appointed in leadership roles often fare well in the given responsibility to the awe and wonder of many. They wake up with full enthusiasm and end the day with the same energy.

Leadership Development Lessons from Vipassana

Published On: May 31, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

Leadership was traditionally known as a person’s ability to acquire followers. Traits like charisma, chivalry, negotiation, loyalty, and heroism drew the portrait of an effective leader, and the tribal cultures of the early centuries lived by it. In the past, nations believed in the Great Man theory—leaders are born, not made.

Social Media Addiction and the Plight of the Vulnerable

Published On: May 1, 2023 08:30 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

We have reached an age where digital detoxing needs to be made a part of a person’s life in order to live a mentally healthy life. Detoxing refers to taking a temporary break from an unhealthy habit. Digital detoxing has become a need for those who excessively use social media and the internet.

The Dark Side of the Leader

Published On: April 1, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

When a car's engine isn’t serviced in time, it emits harmful smoke. The dark side of leadership is the story of leaders who take the leadership role too personally and emit the toxicity of what is personal in them. The leader with loaded dark shades of personality finds the workplace a platform to unveil their toxicity.

Phubbing: From Social Disorder to Family Disintegration

Published On: March 1, 2023 08:45 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

The term ‘phubbing’ was added to the Oxford dictionary to define a new behavior of the mobile era. Phubbing, a combination of ‘phone’ and ‘snubbing’, refers to being engaged on the phone, ignoring the presence of the person you are with. Phubbing is not just the behavior of an individual alone; it has evolved into an ugly face of social dysfunction.

Leadership Development: The Peril of Ignoring the Emotional Domain

Published On: February 1, 2023 09:13 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

Various neuroscientists have explained that humans have a unique and powerful neuro system that can be formed or deformed in life depending on how we direct our behaviors and thought patterns.

Political Leadership Vs Organizational Leadership

Published On: January 15, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

Organizational leaders influenced by political leadership are susceptible to an array of system failures and chaos, which eventually collapse the organizational culture and create a poor workplace environment. This is because political leadership is meant for the general masses while organizational leadership is for a structured system.

Great Leadership: A Road Less Traveled

Published On: January 1, 2023 10:15 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

What sets a leader apart as an ideal one has been a debated topic among scholars. Leadership researchers ask a series of questions on the various aspects of leadership. Can there be an ideal leadership style that works for all organizations? What is the personal mastery in a leader that stands out as inspirational? A certain leadership trend seems to run in the genes of certain people who are in a leadership position. So what? Does that limit others from becoming great leaders?

Set the Tone for Post-leadership Reality

Published On: December 19, 2022 09:00 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

Managing oneself effectively as a leader sets the tone for a post-leadership life.

A Peep into the Neuro System of the Leader

Published On: December 12, 2022 09:00 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

A holistically formed leader is able to understand the people with immense compassion and yet not get driven by emotions. He/she is able to read the scenario and make decisions following the ethical standards and, importantly, carries no grudge or ill-feeling against anyone due to a disagreement in the organization.

Are we falling prey to the tech world?

Published On: September 29, 2020 07:49 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

With lifestyle swinging uncomfortably with the new normal where education, communication, business and even life are dependent on gadgets, we need to outline protocol for the new normal living.

Leadership secrets

Published On: December 25, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: Fr. Augustine Thomas, S.J.

Nepal is in the process of discovering a home-grown leadership that takes into account social, political, religious and cultural context of the country.