- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: AMACOM (Sept. 9 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814449115
- ISBN-13: 978-0814449110
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.6 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Customer Reviews: 69 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis Hardcover – Sept. 9 2014
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'Pick it up, read it, and make sure you pass it around as well.' - iconnect007
'very good book, minimalist in size and length but powerful in the messages conveyed, and one that should be read by a wide audience.' - Changing Winds
'Shows how you can use humility as a source of strength, and apply the same principles that Pope Francis uses change the world, to change your workplace.' - Sources of Insight
'inspiring yet practical, helpful and useful tool for business leaders everywhere, without any regard to their faith convictions .' - Yeshua Leader
'new book from a respected author, editor and publisher which, despite its concise size and brevity, is an important contribution to the leadership field.' - Changing Winds
'outlines twelve lessons translated from the pope's ideas and practices into easy for understanding tactics that anyone can use to become better business leader.' - Entrepreneurship in a Box
From the Inside Flap
In a world where the loudest guy in the room gets all the attention, being humble can be considered a weakness. But Pope Francis's strength emanates directly from his humility.
Driving around Rome in a Ford Focus, rejecting the opulent papal quarters, ministering to the poor--these gestures demonstrate a type of leadership that many figured had long since been abandoned. They've made the pope the most talked about person on the planet, the most well-regarded religious figure, and a moral and humanitarian leader to most, regardless of their faith.
Lead with Humility shows how you can be as compassionate, authentic, and effective as this groundbreaking leader. Bestselling author Jeffrey Krames translates the pope's key ideas and practices into practical tactics that anyone can emulate.
* Remove the walls--literally--between yourself and your employees.
* Enlist your executives to join you each year at the front desk or in the delivery truck.
* Consider all points of view, and make decisions in consultation--not as snap judgments.
* Focus on enhancing people's strengths, not fixing their weaknesses.
* Break the habit of doing things the same old way, and reinvent ineffective processes.
* Communicate with everyone, at every level of the organization.
* Surround yourself with truth-tellers --no matter how painful it is to hear.
* Shake up the status quo and get out of your comfort zone.
As only a great leader can, Pope Francis has restored vibrancy to a struggling institution. His leadership style serves as a model for anyone who wants to do the same for their own organization and to connect in a meaningful way with employees, teammates, and customers.
Jeffrey A. Krames is the bestselling author of The Rumsfeld Way, The Welch Way, Jack Welch and the 4 E's of Leadership, and other popular business books. He has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times, and been interviewed by Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, A&E's Biography, the BBC, and other major media outlets.
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According to one Argentine journalist, Elisabetta Piqué, "He was not an ingénue coming out into the world. He had almost a war with [one] section of the Roman Curia." Another journalist used the word "ruthless" to describe the way Francis operates. And Rolling Stone cover-story journalist Mark Binelli wrote, "Bergoglio has shown himself to be a stealth enforcer, capable of summoning that old authoritarian steel if it serves a higher purpose."
Now consider this observation by Pope Francis, "How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?" Krames suggests, "That's him - in a single sentence."
He then adds, "Pope Francis shows us where the world has gone wrong and how our values have gone off the rails. Even the choice of his name - inspired by St. Francis of Assisi - was meant to signal to the world that he would focus on society's poor, as well as on the sickest and weakest among us."
What we have in this volume are appropriate diverse perspectives on Pope Francis. It should be noted that neither Krames nor I is a Roman Catholic. His opinions as well as mine are mostly of Pope Francis' leadership rather than of articles of faith, for example, or of the organizational structure and policies of one of the largest organizations in the world.
Krames suggests and discusses 12 lessons to be learned from its current leader who was elected during a papal enclave by the College of Cardinals in March 2013. He devotes a separate chapter to each lesson, concluding with a brief list of supplementary suggestions. Here's how he frames them:
1. "Here are a few ideas to help you get your feet firmly on the ground on that path to greater humility" (Page 13-14)
2. "What additional steps can you take to more effectively smell like your flock?" (21-22)
3. "What can you do to make better assessments and ensure that you are not judging your people? Here are a few ideas" (29-30)
4. "Here are some other ideas you can implement to transform your organization" (39-40)
5. "Here are some other ideas that can make you and your organization more inclusive (47-49)
6. "What additional steps can you take to guard against insularity? Consider these potential actions" (55-57)
7. "What can you do to be more pragmatic and rely less on ideology? Consider these ideas" (63-64)
8. "How can you improve your decision-making prowess? Consider the following ideas" (72-73)
9. "How can you learn to run your organization more like a field hospital? Consider the following idea" (79-83)
10. "What other thing can you do to work on the frontier of your industry? Consider the following" (86-87)
11. "What other lessons can we apply from the Pope Francis example? Take a look at these ideas" (93-94)
12. "What steps can you take to get you closer to both customers and nonconsumers? Consider the following items" (99-101)
I have read and reviewed most of Krames's previously published books in which his focus is also on effective leadership: what works, what doesn't, and why. They include books about Jack Welch: Jack Welch and the 4 E's of Leadership: How to Put GE's Leadership Formula to Work in Your Organization; The Jack Welch Lexicon of Leadership: Over 250 Terms, Concepts, Strategies & Initiatives of the Legendary Leader; and The Welch Way: 24 Lessons from the World's Greatest CEO. Krames also wrote What the Best CEOs Know: 7 Exceptional Leaders and Their Lessons for Transforming any Business, Inside Drucker's Brain, and The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick.
With all due respect to these and other great leaders in business, government, the military, and religion, however, all organizations need effective leadership (i.e. productive initiative) at all levels and in all areas of the given enterprise. Great leaders seem to have a "green thumb" for "growing" the talent needed to achieve success in all seasons, fair or foul.
After Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope less than two years ago and chose the name Francis, it soon became obvious that he would lead with humility but also with a steadfast commitment to basic values and fundamental principles that are frequently lost or compromised within a global organization as large and as complicated as the Roman Catholic Church.
This is probably what Jeffrey Krames had in mind when observing, "Francis does not see the world as a static place but as an ever-changing landscape that we all need to be attuned to. Here, Francis evokes shades of Drucker when he discusses a pastoral ministry. 'Pastoral ministry in a missionary key seeks to abandon the complacent attitude that says We have always done it this way. I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style, and methods of evangelization in their respective communities. A proposal of goals without an adequate communal search for the mean of achieving them will inevitably prove illusory."
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The book, 'Lead with Humility,' delves into this theme by reflecting on the life of Pope Francis and utilizes key points in his life as strategies to help managers become more effective leaders. Pope Francis has a different method of leadership than what we are often familiar with. For him, leadership means service to others. To him, a leader shouldn't be at the head of the dinner table directing. Instead, the leader should be the maid or the butler serving the meal, and empowering the guests to make their own choices about the menu.
Leading through service creates the conditions for doing things a different way. People become empowered to collaborate in the decision making process. Through empowerment they become engaged in their roles in their communities, creating the conditions for a more equitable society.
The question is how to achieve this unique way of leading others? The book develops this theme by looking at the essence of Pope Francis style and distilling key ideas. For instance, these two quotes really made me reflect on the leadership process:
'Leadership is the ability to articulate a vision and get others to carry it out.'
'leadership is not about perfection; it is about espousing a new vision and getting others to live that vision.'
The author, Jeffrey Krames continues by discussing strategies an effective leader can use, and issues that every leader deals with, including effective dialogue; stating that 'to dialogue, one must know how to lower the defenses, to open the doors of one's home and to offer warmth.' An important part of dialogue is listening. The skill of listening is just as important as eloquence. Leaders must know how to listen with their hearts. Mr. Krames says it better when he states that:
'Listening, in communication, is an openness of heart, which makes possible that closeness without genuine spiritual encounter cannot occur. Listening helps us to find the right gesture and word, which shows that we are more than simple bystanders. Only through such respectful and compassionate listening can we enter on the path of true growth'
Leaders are change agents. However, real change is not easy to achieve. Effective leadership must be able to handle adversity. I like what Mr. Krames says about adversity when he states, 'turn adversity into an asset: Adversity can be a positive thing. Adversity can help you make sure that you and your management team are not complacent.'
For Mr. Krames, service is about engagement and empowering those we serve. To effectively serve in this manner a leader must be willing to be 'on the frontier,' at the scene of conflict, seeing the problems where they are taking place and assisting others in creating a new vision for how to solve these problems, encouraging and coaching those led to perform at their highest level. Effective leadership means motivating the led to also become leaders and to take on the responsibilities that leadership entails.
I found this book to be inspiring as well as informative. I learned a lot about the life of Pope Francis that I didn't know before. I also learned some new methods for leading. Furthermore, the book made me contemplate on what it takes to truly lead others, and how to lead from 'the ground up' instead of the 'top down' strategies that are too often used by society. I think that it is more difficult to change conditions from 'the ground up.' However, I think that when change happens in this manner it is more effective and may last longer. Anyone who seeks a different way of managing others would do well by investing the time and effort in reading and contemplating the message in this book.
---Rocco Ortenzio, Co-Founder, Vice Chairman, Select Medical Corporation
This book, too, brought tears to my eyes. I get the impression that many of the stories of Francis as a young man appear here in English for the first time. Terrific!