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.
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.
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
Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads 4.5 out of 5based on
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.
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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