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Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World Paperback – January 1, 2005
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Entertaining and well researched, this is a must-read for any business leader, and an inspirational read for anyone who wants to be a better human being.”
—Walter Gubert, Chairman of the investment bank, J. P. Morgan
—Edward J. Kelly III, President and CEO, Mercantile Bankshares Corporation
“In this absorbing, lucid book, Lowney... explores how the Jesuits have successfully grappled with challenges that test great companies. Reflective business people of faith will find Lowney’s insights a breath of fresh air.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This 450-year-old institution [seems] as current today as it was four centuries ago. Lowney shows us how every employee can and should be a leader and that love-driven leadership does work.”
—Richard K. Green, Former President and COO, Blistex, Inc.
“This informative, fascinating book tells how Jesuits produced both outstanding individual leaders and a culture of leadership. This is a book to be enjoyed, pondered, and put into practice."
- John W. Padberg, S.J., Director, Institute of Jesuit Sources CIP
“In his book, Heroic Leadership, Chris Lowney uses the history and tradition of the Jesuit order to articulate a model for authentic, moral leadership. As Governor of Colorado, Heroic Leadership helped me think about how to lead better than any other book out there.”
More About the Author
He is the author of four books. "Heroic Leadership," a # 1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA, was named a finalist for a 2003 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord magazine and has been translated into eleven languages. He is also author of "Heroic Living," and "A Vanished World"-- Chris was featured in the PBS-aired documentary, "Cities of Light," which echoed many of that book's key themes. His latest work, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, has been called, "an invaluable gift," and "a book for the ages."
He founded Pilgrimage for Our Children's Future, which funds education and healthcare projects in the developing world. He also served as volunteer founding president of Jesuit Commons, an innovative collaboration which offers online university education in refugee camps in Africa and elsewhere.
He is a one-time Jesuit seminarian, and a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, where he also received his M.A. He is holder of five honorary Doctoral degrees.
Top Customer Reviews
Ten men, no money, no business plan and within ten years they had thirty schools established and running.
And not only has the Jesuit order survived for over four hundred years (after its abolition by the Pope everywhere but in Russia), but it has thrived. There is simply no comparable for-profit corporation with that same history of longevity and success.
Igantius Loyola set out some clear policies that survive and work to this day.
Almost thirty years out from high school graduation I value my Jesuit education more than ever. What I've found is that the ability to reason, calculate, write and think is much more rare than I previously thought. To this I have the Society of Jesus to thank. I really can't imagine my life without my Jesuit education.
The Jesuit high school course of study is essentially the same for my son's class of 2007 as it was for my class of 1975. But it should be noted that the Jesuits have adapted and requirements in Greek and Latin are no longer there. The key here is some foreign language is essential for a high school student.
Money can come and go but education lasts and that can't be taken away from you.
There were lots of things I didn't know about the Jesuits that I learned in this book. Looking back I can see where these principles were applied. Things such as "only the best teachers."
There is a definite Jesuit "way we do things" which is consistent at all Jesuit schools.
The references to "The Spiritual Exercises" were helpful and enlightening.
Some of the historical discussion about Paraguay, China and India was either unclear or slightly too long.Read more ›
Loyola builds on love driven leadership, an approach to leadership based on the notion that everyone has leadership potential, and true leaders unlock that potential in others. The how of unlocking potential is rooted in an orientation to "greater love than fear." This notion of leadership fits well with the growing trend of "people centered leadership" as evidenced by best selling books authored by Pat Lencioni, John Maxwell, and others. This is a welcomed change from former corporate speak where sports figures and a towel snapping, take-no-prisoners model took center stage
Lowney details Loyola's four pillars of success: self-awareness; ingenuity; love; and, heroism. The first step to leadership is self-leadership which springs from personal beliefs and attitudes. Throughout the book, Lowney highlights Loyola's belief that self-awareness is linked to leadership showing through example how leaders thrive by understanding who they are and what they value, by becoming aware of unhealthy blind spots or weaknesses that can derail them, and by cultivating the habit of continuous self-reflection and learning.
Loyola's spiritually based approach to leadership also identifies attachments in life as obstacles to leading. He also underscores how ingenuity disposes people not to just think out of the box but to live outside the box.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great stories and interesting history combined with thoughtful ideas on how to lead well. Lots of the supervisors could benefit from reading it.Published 1 month ago by Michael Stanek
In my opinion this book holds the key to our nation's future ... a return to moralistic, inspirational and humble leadership motivated by the good in mankind. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NLC
An excellent contemporary view of a long-established organisation's way of doing things.Published 3 months ago by T. Tagliaferri
Very good points All leaders should read it and take lessons from it.Published 5 months ago by cogito
A "fresh" and effective tool for leaders in every situation. Loved it!Published 5 months ago by Rita Lane
Outstanding book. Inspirational and motivating for any reader.Published 6 months ago by Rod Buchecker
Great insight into the work of the early Jesuits. Am amazed that my early liking and admiration of Jesuits was something special after reading this. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Done man