Leading like Francis
Leading Like Francis – Building God’s House introduces the reader to the foundational principles of servant-leadership and how they are clearly manifested in the life of St. Francis of Assisi. The book clarifies the ten characteristics of servant-leaders as identified by Robert Greenleaf and seen in Francis, and now in Pope Francis.
Each section incorporates stories from Francis’ life, passages from his writing and from Scripture, and then offers activities that individuals or groups may use to reflect on their own experience and develop habits of servant-leaders.
This Discussion Guide can assist groups in expanding their discussion beyond what is in the book. Each member of the community or organization brings wisdom to the table. These questions intend to help elicit that wisdom.
"The author of this valuable book wants to draw attention to the exercise of servant leadership as practiced by St. Francis.... This is a challenging book for those in church leadership. Books like this can help to create a whole new culture of leadership/followership.... This book can be an aid to that growth and to a healing process of renewal and reform.”
“This book is highly recommended and can be very useful in working with leadership training, if you want something creative, practical and deeply in tune with your deepest spiritual convictions as an admirer or follower of St. Francis.”
Clark Berge SSF,
"Leading Like Francis is a masterful weaving of wisdom from the Christian and Franciscan traditions, successful business leaders, and real life practical experience. As I concluded reading the text, I felt that this was a ‘must read’ for CEOs, board members, and staff members of service-oriented organizations, especially, but not limited to those claiming a Franciscan identity. Exercises at the end of each chapter invite personal as well as organizational reflections that are most helpful."
Nancy Schreck, OSF
Past President of the Franciscan Sisters of Dubuque, IA
and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
"Saint Francis of Assisi always referred to himself as a servant, like Christ, bending low in love to be for others. Here we see the values of Franciscan servant leadership exemplified in the pontificate of Pope Francis who calls men and women to a particular way of leading – no matter what one’s status or role, whether parent or student, teacher or executive. This is a valuable book which raises the Gospel life to a new level as the link between leadership and holiness."
Ilia Delio, OSF
Author of Simply Bonaventure and Franciscan Prayer
About the Author
Carl Koch was the first director of the MA in Servant Leadership Program at Viterbo University and program coordinator at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has authored thirty-six books and continues to facilitate retreats and servant leadership seminars. This is his first book with New City Press.
Visit Carl Koch's website here
|Publication Date||Nov 11, 2014|