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Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads  by Chris Lowney

Published by Loyola Press, October 2013

Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention with his seemingly counterintuitive approach to leadership. In Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, best-selling author and former Jesuit seminarian Chris Lowney offers an in-depth look at how Pope Francis’s Jesuit training directly has impacted his various leadership roles and what it suggests about how he might lead in the future. Readers will gain essential lessons to help them with their own leadership challenge.

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.

“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

"A respectful examination that looks to both the past and the future, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads is inspirational from cover to cover."
- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

"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

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. He has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and others. He is also the author of Heroic Leadership and A Vanished World.