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Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads

Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads

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by Chris Lowney

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TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year: Pope Francis
Learn about the First Jesuit Pope from America’s Leading Jesuit Publisher

Pope Francis by Chris Lowney is that rare and splendid work that leaves you keenly excited and spiritually moved. The writing is lucid, vivid, inviting, and rich. It’s a major


TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year: Pope Francis
Learn about the First Jesuit Pope from America’s Leading Jesuit Publisher

Pope Francis by Chris Lowney is that rare and splendid work that leaves you keenly excited and spiritually moved. The writing is lucid, vivid, inviting, and rich. It’s a major achievement. I strongly recommend it to any Christian in a leadership role.”  
- Joseph Tetlow, SJ

From choosing to live in a simple apartment instead of the papal palace to washing the feet of men and women in a youth detention center, Pope Francis’s actions contradict behaviors expected of a modern leader. Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian turned Managing Director for JP Morgan & Co., shows how the pope’s words and deeds reveal spiritual principles that have prepared him to lead the Church and influence our world—a rapidly-changing world that requires leaders who value the human need for love, inspiration, and meaning.

Drawing on interviews with people who knew him as Father Jorge Bergoglio, SJ, Lowney challenges assumptions about what it takes to be a great leader. In so doing, he reveals the “other-centered” leadership style of a man whose passion is to be with people rather than set apart. Lowney offers a stirring vision of leadership to which we can all aspire in our communities, churches, companies, and families.

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 "Tapping into his own fascinating and unique background, Chris Lowney has written an important, powerful book that is full of paradox.  It is both deeply philosophical and immensely practical.  It is suited for those steeped in Catholic faith and those with no faith formation at all.  It is timeless and completely relevant for our modern age.  Whether you are fascinated by Pope Francis or in search of useful tools for transforming the organization you lead, this book is a prize."
-- Patrick Lencioni; president, The Table Group; author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

"In our interconnected world where so many complain about a crisis of leadership, Chris Lowney presents the case of Pope Francis, a leader focused not on status but on mission.  This is a powerful book for leaders of all stripes, religious and non-believers alike, who recognize the need to cultivate character and the ability to hold competing values as we navigate change, whether in business, organizations or society itself. I highly recommend it."
- Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen Fund

 "Pope Francis is a book for the ages; the lessons to be learned from the example of the humble servant called upon to be a World Leader are timeless in their truth and universal in their applicability to our daily lives."
- Jeffrey Paravano, Managing Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

 "Chris Lowney expands on his insightful work in Heroic Leadership with this case study of one of the world's most visible and influential leaders.  In Pope Francis, he draws practical lessons for all, of a life of spiritually grounded leadership that has captured his flock in Argentina, his peers in the College of Cardinals, and now the world."
- Mel Speise
Major General USMC (Retired)
Former Commanding General of Training and Education Command

"Lowney uses the life of Pope Francis to show us that the path to effective leadership begins in "leadership of self" and that the journey never ends.  His books form a collection that should be the foundation of any business leader's personal library."
- Edward Speed, Retired CEO, TDECU

 "Chris Lowney has again provided us with an invaluable gift by interpreting the principles of leadership within the Ignatian-Jesuit tradition.   Through this work, we can better understand the impact of Jesuit formation upon leadership style--and of the promise, hope, and love it can bring to our organizations, society, and world."
- John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University

"For people of faith or no faith, Chris Lowney's Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads is a timely introduction to the mind and heart of a pope who has defied expectations and charmed the world.  In a culture that has become skeptical of institutional leadership, Lowney offers hope and insight into what an inspiring leader can look like.  Drawing on themes from Pope Francis' (and his own) formation as a Jesuit, Lowney's accessible book invites each of us to reflect on our own obstacles to successful leadership.  This book is perfect for anyone interested in better serving their families, schools, businesses, and organizations."
- Timothy R. Lannon, SJ
President, Creighton University

"Throughout my business career, I attributed my leadership preparedness to my Jesuit education. Chris Lowney aptly communicates the nuances of the Jesuit charism that inspires so many of us."

- Michael R. Quinlan
Chariman Emeritus, McDonald's Corporation
Honorary Chairman, Loyola University Chicago

"Lowney’s book was not only engaging; it upended my preconceptions. Here was someone who had not merely dipped his toes in the Ignatian tradition; he had swum in the ocean of it, then gone off to teach swimming in other pools."
- Tim Muldoon, author of The Ignatian Workout

"Lowney, author of the best-selling book Heroic Leadership, is eminently qualified to assess our dynamic new Pope’s leadership style.  As a former Jesuit seminarian, he understands St. Ignatius’ spiritual exercises and their emphasis upon humility and service.   As a businessman who has served as a managing director for J. P. Morgan on three continents, and as board chair of one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, he understands the menu of leadership styles from which leaders, even religious leaders, must choose.
- Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

"I have a master’s degree in management and I've spent 18 years of my life holding a leadership position in the public sphere. I have never seen a better book on how a true leader gets people to follow him or her."
- Rebecca Hamilton, 18-year member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives

"A respectful examination that looks to both the past and the future, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads is inspirational from cover to cover."
- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

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Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian, served as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co. on three continents. He currently chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems. Author of the best-seller Heroic Leadership, he speaks widely on leadership and has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Visit chrislowney.com to learn more.

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Owen_Phelps More than 1 year ago
Chris Lowney has done it again! The author of “Heroic Leadership” (2005) and “Heroic Living” (2010) now gives us “Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads,” and it may be the best of a fine trio. It’s certainly the most topical. Francis’ simple ways and his consistent words have captured the attention of people everywhere – and not just Catholics. Obviously the world is hungry for moral leadership, and Francis is currently without peer in that department. Lowney is uniquely qualified to write about him for three reasons. First, having spent several years in Jesuit formation, he is an expert on the process that shaped Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J. from his earliest days and served as the arena in which he exercised much of his leadership before being elected pope. Second, Lowney is a seasoned student of the world, having spent 17 years with J.P. Morgan and served as a one of its managing partners on three continents. His work product is always relevant to people of all faiths and to those with no faith at all. Finally, he is fluent in Spanish, which gave him direct and immediate access to many Jesuits who studied and worked under the pope when he was the Jesuits’ superior in Argentina and later served as archbishop of Buenos Aires. Thus, Lowney is able to paint an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose humility, vision and love for the poor have captured the world’s attention – and much of its heart. Despite all the unique research that underlies the text, the book is a bright and lively read that’s broken down into brief sections for the busy reader who can only devote a few minutes at a time to understanding what makes this pope tick. I’m grateful for having the opportunity to read it – and I think you will be too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in leadership and helping our "neighbors." We need more of his beliefs and practices.
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