Heroic Leadership

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

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-2115-6
Paperback | 336 pages
SKU: Heroic Leadership (pbk)

"Heroic Leadership is the book on Jesuit-inspired leadership today."

—Fr. Kevin O'Brien, S.J, vice president of mission and ministry at Georgetown University and author of The Ignatian Adventure

Best-selling author Chris Lowney, a Jesuit-seminarian-turned-investment-banker, breaks down the four guiding principles of Jesuit formation and how they foster dynamic, effective leadership and achieve longevity.

Lowney's book provides readers with a deeper understanding of the Jesuit formation that helped shape Pope Francis, as well as how this training may influence our Holy Father's leadership style.

Heroic Leadership includes:

  • The history of the unique formula for molding leaders that have guided the Jesuits for more than 450 years
  • An in-depth examination of the four key elements of Jesuit formation: self-awareness, ingenuity, love, and heroism
  • Modern-day examples of how successful leaders in today's culture are best served when these guiding principles are applied

Chris Lowney on Pope Francis's Jesuit Leadership Style:


"Lowney's examination of the principles of Jesuit leadership…makes for fascinating reading. Jesuits and lay alike will find much to celebrate and emulate."
—Bradley M. Schaeffer, S.J., president, Jesuit Conference

"Heroic Leadership advances a leadership unafraid to put love at the center. This is a lively, witty book about profound matters."
—James N. Loughran, S.J., president, Saint Peter's College

"Lowney demonstrates how today's organizations need to scrap the traditional and narrow vision of leadership and adopt the Jesuit model of ‘everyone is a leader'."
—Durant "Andy" Hunter, president, U.S., Whitehead Mann

"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, former executive director, World Neighbors

"Lowney brings together extensive experience in international banking, a solid grasp of Jesuit spirituality and history, and a good acquaintance with recent leadership literature to produce a book that is at once challenging and compelling."
—The Reverend Harold Ridley, S.J., president, Loyola College in Maryland


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