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Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World

by Chris Lowney

Leaders make great companies, but few of us truly understand how to turn ourselves and others into great leaders. One company--the Jesuits--pioneered a unique formula for molding leaders. In the process, the Jesuits built one of history's most successful companies.
Founded in 1540 by ten men with no capital and no business plan, the Jesuits have been a source of innovation and discovery ever since. In this groundbreaking book, Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit and executive with J. P. Morgan, reveals the leadership principles that have guided Jesuit leaders in their diverse pursuits for more than 450 years.
The Jesuits' enduring success rests upon four core leadership pillars: 

- self-awareness: Understand
your strengths, weaknesses, values, and worldview
- ingenuity: Confidently innovate and adapt to a changing world
- love: Engage others with a positive attitude that unlocks their potential
- heroism: Energize yourself and others with heroic ambitions and a passion for excellence 

By incorporating these principles into their daily lives, the Jesuits built an organization that has operated a highly efficient international network of trade, education, missionary work, and scholarship for almost five centuries. Lowney shows how these same principles can make each of us a dynamic leader in the twenty-first century.

 "I am confident that I would have been a far more effective leader if I had read Heroic Leadership years ago.
Highly recommended!"
-- Ron Burkard, Executive Director, World Neighbors

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 CHI, one of the nation's largest hospital systems. Author of the best-selling Heroic Leadership and the award-winning Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads, he speaks widely on leadership, corporate ethics, and decision making, and has been featured in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He will be donating all of his proceeds from this book to support schools in impoverished communities. Visit www.chrislowney.com to learn more.

Binding: Paperback  330pp.
Pub Date: January 01, 2005
ISBN: 0829421157    EAN: 9780829421156