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Praise for Pope Francis
Now Featured in the Patheos Book Club
Why He Leads the Way He Leads
By Chris Lowney
What People Are Saying
"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
"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, and author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage
"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 Spiese, MajGen USMC (Ret), 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, Chairman Emeritus, McDonald's Corporation, Honorary Chairman, Loyola University Chicago