“Heroic Leadership” Describes Leadership Using 400 Year Old Tenets
Spring Hill College President Fr. Gregory Lucey S.J. recommended the book to me when I visited my daughter who attends the school. The book describes four tenets of Jesuit leadership. Those are:
• embracing change,
• striving to serve others, and
• heroic ambition.
The author Chris Lowney is a former Jesuit who after having left the Jesuits became an investment banker at J.P.Morgan. He describes the formula used since the time of St. Ignatius to train and sustain the men of that order. And it was critical to the order and their mission of spreading the gospel that all members, despite their given levels of responsibilities, knew how to lead and inspire those around them to further their cause.
In the book, Lowney shows how those same 450 year old tenets work today. It gave me a solid framework for analyzing leadership and what specific qualities are critical for success. The book is well written and its timeless values are the topic I highly recommend for anyone striving to be as effective as possible at work and in their personal life.