The foundation of the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership is a curriculum built upon Fr. Spitzer’s Four Levels of Happiness, which reflects profound classical and Christian insights into the human desire for happiness. From there education follows Fr. Spitzer’s Journey to Excellence guiding organizations to overcome self-limiting behaviors by enhancing culture, virtue, and leadership.
The Four Levels of Happiness model provides a language to understand happiness that philosophers and theologians for over 2,400 years have agreed upon. A happiness that is pervasive, enduring, and deep reflects the highest level of happiness. It helps participants see their own motivations and behavior more clearly and recognize thought patterns that prevent them from growing in virtue. The Four Levels also sheds light and wisdom on behaviors that shape each person, and ultimately, an entire organization’s culture.
“The Journey to Excellence program speaks to everyone, no matter where they are in their life journey. The solid philosophical principles rooted in our Catholic tradition foster personal insight for us individually and improve our ability to collaborate together for common goals.”
– Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix
Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
– 2 Peter 1:5-7
Along the Journey to Excellence education, gaps between the ideal and current culture are clearly identified and, of course, individual participants quickly are awakened too. Leaders then chart a roadmap toward greater cultural alignment. The Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership offers the following workshops/seminars from which to choose. Progress through these offerings typically takes from 12 to 24 months.
- The Four Levels of Happiness – This focus is a life-transforming philosophy. It opens participant’s minds to the somewhat disguised, healthy and unhealthy sides of the Four Levels — living the comparative life vs. living a life of contribution. One is a self-created hell and the other just the opposite. But you must choose. It is explicitly one or the other.
- Confidence and Providence Series – This facilitated series equips Church workers to increase their self-confidence and faith in Divine Providence. Fr. Robert Spitzer presents insights and practical techniques to expand comfort zones and overcome self-limiting beliefs.
— Confidence in God’s Calling: How the Universal Call to Holiness practically translates into my life purpose and apostolate
— Confidence in My Capabilities: How to break through self-limiting beliefs, comfort zones and negative self-talk through powerful techniques from cognitive psychology
— Confidence in God’s Faith in Me: How to appropriate the truth about God’s unconditional love, favor, and gifting for me
— Confidence in the Future: How goals are realized, opportunities are seized and vision is achieved through the power of imagination and feelings
- Journey to Ultimate Happiness – This seminar helps participants deepen their relationship with God. Topics include: Spontaneous Prayer, Beatitudes, Partnership with the Holy Spirit, Contemplation, and the Eucharist. Taped before a live parish audience, the series is based upon Fr. Robert Spitzer’s book: Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life.
- Cardinal Virtue Leadership Seminar – Designed for leadership teams, this seminar explores the four key character strengths for effective leadership. Participants benefit from a confidential virtue profile based on their self-assessment (see Character Foundation Assessment diagnostic).