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Executives take note: Pope Francis understands what leadership means

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Executives take note:  Pope Francis understands what leadership means

He's not of the business world. He's old and wears a funny hat sometimes. But the Holy Father knows how to lead by both example and rhetoric. Perhaps a good thing to learn in the business world.

Whatever your religion - even if you have no religion at all - it's hard to argue that the newly-appointed Pontiff understands leadership. 

Think your organization is mature?  Try one that's over 2000 years old, and has about a billion "customers" worldwide.  In a matter of months, Pope Francis has already had a profound attitudinal impact on both the laypeople and - more importantly for this discussion - the "bureaucracy" of his organization, the Roman Catholic Church.  And it's largely been done with words backed up by personal example.

According to a report by Good Morning America, Pope Francis has traded in the limos and other vehicular trappings of the papal lifestyle for a donated 1984 Renault with 186,000 miles on it.  The new "Popemobile" is a gift from a parish priest in Verona who wrote to Francis asking to meet with him to discuss the work he, Fr. Renzo Zocca, had done in a tough parish for over 25 years.  As observers have come to expect, Pope Francis agreed via a telephone conversation during which Fr. Zocca offered the "pre-owned vehicle" to the Pope.

From the report:

Once Francis had been reassured the priest had another car, the pope flicked through his diary for the perfect day for the car hand-over.

Zocca brought the car to the front of the pope's residence in the Vatican and the pope gave the priest a big hug. "Let's go," the pope said when Zocca told him that half of the people who had accompanied him were stuck outside the Vatican gates because of security. Zocca drove with the pope in the passenger seat and the mechanic and priest's assistant in the back seat.

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Angus DuBois
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Angus DuBois is the nom de plume of an entrepreneur of 20 years who, in cowardly fashion, prefers to keep his/her business identity a secret. Comments can be forwarded to angus@nexxuspublishing.com.

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