Lead with Humility: Lessons from Pope Francis
Jan 24, 2019
Inspiring Lessons for Leaders Everywhere
When Fortune announced its list of the World’s Greatest Leaders, the top spot was awarded—not to a captain of industry—but to the new pontiff.
How did a man who spent his life laboring in slums far from the Vatican manage to do this and so quickly?
The answer lies in his humility—and the simple principles that spring from it.
Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March of 2012, he has shown the world a new way to lead. Not with bluster or bravado, but with humility and humanity. He has, without a doubt, been the most humble leader on the world stage of the modern era.
There isn’t even a close second.
As someone who has studied leaders and the topic of leadership for more than three decades, Jeffrey Krames has long believed that humility is the most under-rated of all leadership qualities.
This webcast explores how Francis has combined humility with power to become the most fascinating pontiff in modern memory. Then the program digs deeper to reveal the key business tenets that Pope Francis has exercised to create his own brand of leadership. Examples include:
- Guard against insularity: Many heads of corporations and states fall prey to the “bubble” phenomenon, meaning that they feel imprisoned by the trappings of their positions. To make sure that Pope Francis did not lose his broad perspective, he put together a makeshift “board of directors.” Dubbed the Vatican-8, or V-8, these eight Archbishops from all over the globe serve as his consulting body. None of Francis’s 265 predecessors ever amassed such a consultative body.
- Live on the frontier: To “live on the frontier” is to push the envelope and live outside of your comfort zone.
- Run your organization like a field hospital: Francis feels very strongly that members of the clergy must go anywhere and everywhere, no matter the risk, to tend to their flocks. The same tenet works well in business. Instead of a reliance on email, Twitter, etc., what is needed are more face-to-face meetings.
Pope Francis’s ability to inspire the world is unprecedented in modern times. Join us as we explore the power of his methods and how anyone can take these lessons to lead with grace and greater authenticity.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
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.