Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World / Edition 1by Chris Lowney
Pub. Date: 01/28/2005
Publisher: Loyola Press
Leadership is crucial to building organizations with staying power. In Heroic Leadership, author Chris Lowney examines organizational principles derived from the history and teachings of the Jesuits and applies them to modern corporate culture. Based on the four core values of self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism, this book identifies practices that/i>… See more details below
Leadership is crucial to building organizations with staying power. In Heroic Leadership, author Chris Lowney examines organizational principles derived from the history and teachings of the Jesuits and applies them to modern corporate culture. Based on the four core values of self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism, this book identifies practices that sixteenth century priests developed to foster strong leaders and achieve longevity.
A Jesuit seminarian turned investment banker, Lowney recognized a tremendous lack of able leaders throughout his seventeen years of multinational management experience. By modeling the Jesuits' success, Lowney shares methods for molding innovative, ambitious leaders in the modern corporate environment.
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Table of Contents
|1||Of Jesuits and J. P. Morgan||1|
|2||What Leaders Do||13|
|3||The Jesuits: An Accidental Company with a Purposeful Vision||37|
|4||Leadership Role Models: Three Unlikely Case Studies||63|
|5||"To Order One's Life": Self-Awareness As the Foundation of Leadership||95|
|6||The Spiritual Exercises: A Lifelong Development Tool||113|
|7||"The Whole World Becomes Our House": How Ingenuity Sparks Innovation, Creativity, and a Global Mindset||127|
|8||"Refuse No Talent, Nor Any Man of Quality": How Love Uncovers Talent and Unites Teams||169|
|9||"An Uninterrupted Life of Heroic Deeds": How Heroic Leaders Envision the Impossible - and Do It||203|
|10||"Exceptional Daring Was Essential": How the End of Risk Taking Almost Ended the Jesuits||229|
|11||"The Way We Do Things": Four Core Values, but One Integrated Life||245|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||313|
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I had great expectations for this book, having heard Mr. Lowney speak recently. I was a bit disappointed. The message in the book is very clear and easily accessible. The book itself is very readable, although I found it to be redundant. In my opinion, this book provides more of a history of the Jesuit company than a practical leadership guide. I love history, and very much enjoyed that aspect, I was just hoping for something more.
A thought-provoking yet straightforward book of value to anyone interested in how to make an organization more successful. Whether or not you care for the spiritual aspects of the Jesuits, their extraordinary success from the earliest days and the principles which drove them apply directly to the modern day enterprise and offer lessons that counter many current management techniques. After all, a group that taught its members to be flexible in the face of rapid change, to set ambitious goals, to think globally, and to take risks seems to have had in mind the challenges facing many managers today -- yet those modes of thinking were developed more than 450 years ago. Not author's thunder, but any 10-person start-up with no experience in education which had 30 colleges up and running in a decade -- without modern day communications or transportation -- and then surpassed its competitors to become the largest of its kind, 450 years later boasting 21,000 professionals -- bears taking a look at in an era of 3 year wonders. How did they do it? Read the book.
This is a marvelous book and gives an excellenrt overview on how to draw out the best in ourselves and others using the vision of St Ignatius of Loyola. I highly recommend lt!