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
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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About the Author
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 CHI, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems. Author of the best-selling Heroic Leadership and the award-winning Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, he speaks widely on leadership, corporate ethics, and decision making, and has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He will be donating all of his proceeds from this book to support schools in impoverished communities. Visit www.chrislowney.com to learn more.
Table of Contents
1 The New Leader 1
2 Of Spiritual Exercises and Cell Phones: Your Call to Lead 13
3 "A gift to live fully": Be Who You Are 25
4 Washing Feet: Authentic Power Is Service 41
5 Dusty Shoes: Immerse Yourself in the World's Joys and Sufferings 53
6 Kneeling Alone: Withdraw to Find Perspective 71
7 Build on Stones: Live in the Present and Reverence Tradition 89
8 Create the Future: The Challenge of Leading through Change 109
9 "You won't be afraid of the journey? Thank you." 137
About the Author 171
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Excellent book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in leadership and helping our "neighbors." We need more of his beliefs and practices.