The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders


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.

In the year since his election, Pope Francis earned that accolade…and more. He has achieved the remarkable: breathed life into an aging institution, reinvigorated a global base, and created real hope for the future.

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. Lead with Humility explores 12 of these principles and shows how leaders and managers can adapt them for the workplace with equally impressive results. They include:

Don't stand over your employees-sit down with them • Avoid insularity • Don't judge-assess • Take care of people, not lobbies • Go where you are needed • Temper ideology with pragmatism • Don't change-reinvent! • The boldest course can be the most prudent • And more

Pope Francis's ability to inspire the world is unprecedented in modern times. Lead with Humility reveals the power of his methods, and helps anyone lead with grace and greater authenticity.


In its many forms, measures, and styles, “leadership” has become a buzzword relevant to almost every facet of modern life. in politics the demands of globalization, sluggish economic growth, explosive sovereign debt, and so on have created public policy challenges that only genuine leaders can resolve. in business, technological advances continue to rapidly redefine every aspect of the corporate world in ways that require new and visionary thinking, the sort of thinking only real leadership can provide. in education, declining student populations, skyrocketing costs, and new instructional methodologies are placing unprecedented demands upon college and university managers that only the most talented will be able to address.

Under these circumstances, it comes as no surprise that a cottage industry has emerged around the subject of leadership. While there are still those who believe that leaders possess innate attributes that cannot be taught, the vast majority believes that leaders can be produced. This second group believes a well-conceived blend of technical skills, real-life work experience, and personal management techniques can result in an effective leader.

While factors such as professional competence and meaningful work experience are undeniably important aspects of any leader’s . . .

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