A Closer Look at the Four Pillars of Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney. What are the Jesuit leadership secrets? How did individual Jesuits become leaders and. heroic-leadership-3d Chris Lowney’s landmark first book, Heroic Leadership, was a # 1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA, was named a finalist for a Book of the. of poverty, chastity and obedience to the Jesuit general in Rome, Chris Lowney Lowney’s years in business revealed that leadership challenges, “Heroic Leadership” is a book which lay out a leadership approach that.

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Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. In the past bosses gave out tasks and employees just needed to follow orders and performed the assigned tasks.

They created a company culture that stressed heroism, modelling the virtue themselves. Leadership is a way of living in which basic life strategies and principles reinforce one another. John of the Cross. They invited recruits to turn a corporate aspiration into a personal mission. Successful corporate cultures tap the motivating power of deeply held beliefs, but also encourage change and innovation. Researchers have found lowneu answer to be yes and no.

A Year with Thomas Merton. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. These four leadership principles guided individual Jesuits and formed the basis of Jesuit corporate culture.

Jesuits prized personal and corporate agility.

Then why do we chrid that the needs of adults working in companies are any different? Are there not also leaders whose impact is barely perceptible within their own lifetimes, but manifests itself generations later through those they raised, taught, mentored or coached? Ratings and Reviews 1 2 star ratings 1 reviews.

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Morgan”Lowney does a wonderfully engaging job of making clearthe connections between our current leadership challenges and the principles employed so effectively by the Jesuits. 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.


Obedience confers speed to the enterprise, allowing managers to recognise and respond to opportunities aggressively. Anchored by nonnegotiable principles and values, they cultivate the “indifference” that allows them to adapt confidently.

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Who invented the yardstick that measures some as leaders and others as merely teachers, parents, friends or colleagues? Warren Bennis in his book Leaders describes the importance of a clear vision that enables confident risk taking, autonomy and creativity like this:. They eagerly explore new ideas, approaches, and cultures rather than shrink defensively from what lurks around life’s next corner.

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Social skill — proficiency in managing relationships and building networks; to find common ground and build rapport. His motivation was developing others to achieve a common Jesuit agenda, not using others to achieve a self-interested agenda. Between Heaven and Mirth. They gave each person the opportunity to enlarge himself by contributing meaningfully to an enterprise greater than his own interests. It is not urging others forward without concern for their aspirations, well-being or personal needs.

Your way of doing things should flow from your worldview and priorities.

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Early Jesuits captured this aggressive drive, this relentless energy, in a one-word motto: Every early Jesuit dedicated an intensively focused week each year to revitalise his core commitment and assess his performance during the previous year. The daily self-reflective habits denied Jesuits the luxury of going with the flow, and when a better path presented itself, their change ready posture of living with one foot raised inclined them to leap into action. Engage others with a positive attitude that unlocks their potential – heroism: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

The love-driven leader possesses the vision to see and engage others as they are, not through the cultural filters, prejudices, or narrow-mindedness that diminishes them.

Book ratings by Goodreads. Harvard Business School professors John Kotter and James Heskett noted in Corporate Culture and Performance that strong cultures sometimes damage company performance by causing employees to reject new ideas and approaches: What often passes for leadership today is a shallow substitution of technique for substance.


No one ever became an effective leader by reading an instruction book, or learning one-size-fits-all rules.

An in-depth examination of the four key elements of Jesuit formation: Jesuits are exhorted to always choose and desire the strategic option that is more conducive to their goals. Want to Read saving…. They take root when subordinates see managers take a personal interest in the purpose and it springs from within them.

But this model of top-down, immediate, all-transforming leadership is not the solution, it is the problem. Energising power lies precisely in the combination of nonnegotiable core beliefs and a willing embrace of change. The culture is strong, not just on paper, but in a tangible way that guides day-to-day employee behaviour.

Heroic leadership invites people to assess their daily impact, to refocus if necessary, and to articulate the leadership mark they want to make. Instead of accepting greater numbers of recruits into the society to deal with the staff shortages, the society founder Ignatius Loyola was most concerned about admitting people too freely and so made the screening process even more selective.

Teams cemented by love and mutual regard effortlessly outdo most other organisations which settle for the basic teamwork behaviours of respecting colleagues, listening to their views, sharing information proactively, giving others the benefit of the doubt and mentoring newcomers.

Ignatius Loyola exhorted Jesuit managers to govern with greater love than fear. Or paradoxically, the Jesuits kept growing rapidly, by jeroic growing too rapidly. But no month long introspective journey is enough to fortify someone for a lifetime. The leader embracing the one great moment theory is always searching for the defining dramatic opportunity that will qualify as a leadership moment.

Leadership is not an act; it is a life — a way of living.