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´╗┐John Paul II showed me what real leadership looks like. He modeled for me how to pursue our God-given potential. Not coincidentally, this also makes us and those around us better employees, more capable of and more willing to work hard at building a stronger company. That s something that makes both good human sense and good business sense. - Andreas Widmer Former Swiss Guard, CEO and business leader Andreas Widmer gives a behind-the-scenes look into Pope John Paul II, the most authentically human person I ve ever met, and reveals how those memories shaped and forged his success as a corporate executive. In what papal biographer George Weigel calls a powerful example of leadership at work, Widmer recounts his personal experiences serving Blessed Pope John Paul II in the Swiss Guard, and the secrets of successful leadership that he learned at the feet of the great pope. John Paul II's witness to the reality of God's grace in the life of man, as divine presence and guidance, so inspired and touched the life of one of his body guards, a Swiss guard, that when the latter became an entrepreneur and a CEO, he set himself to emulate the virtues of leadership of the Pope. In this book, the Swiss-Guard-turned-CEO gives a personal witness to the successful application of the Pope's leadership virtues in the life of a CEO and offers the same to CEOs and his readers. The book is thus an excellent tribute to the memory of the Pope and a commendable guide to successful entrepreneurship. John Paul II's witness to the reality of God's grace in the life of man so inspired and touched the life of one Swiss guard, that when the latter became an entrepreneur and a CEO, he set himself to emulate the virtues of leadership of the Pope. In this book, the Swiss-Guard-turned-CEO gives a personal witness to the successful application of the Pope's leadership virtues and offers the same to other CEOs and all of his readers. The book is thus an excellent tribute to the memory of the Pope...
John Paul II showed me what real leadership looks like. He modeled for me how
to pursue our God-given potential. Not coincidentally, this also makes us and
those around us better employees, more capable of and more willing to work
hard at building a stronger company. That s something that makes both good
human sense and good business sense. - Andreas Widmer Former Swiss Guard,
CEO and business leader
Andreas Widmer gives a behind-the-scenes look into Pope John Paul II, the most
authentically human person I ve ever met, and reveals how those memories
shaped and forged his success as a corporate executive. In what papal
biographer George Weigel calls a powerful example of leadership at work,
Widmer recounts his personal experiences serving Blessed Pope John Paul II in
the Swiss Guard, and the secrets of successful leadership that he learned at the
feet of the great pope.
John Paul II's witness to the reality of God's grace in the life of man, as divine presence and
guidance, so inspired and touched the life of one of his body guards, a Swiss guard, that when
the latter became an entrepreneur and a CEO, he set himself to emulate the virtues of
leadership of the Pope. In this book, the Swiss-Guard-turned-CEO gives a personal witness to
the successful application of the Pope's leadership virtues in the life of a CEO and offers the
same to CEOs and his readers. The book is thus an excellent tribute to the memory of the
Pope and a commendable guide to successful entrepreneurship.
John Paul II's witness to the reality of God's grace in the life of man so inspired and touched
the life of one Swiss guard, that when the latter became an entrepreneur and a CEO, he set
himself to emulate the virtues of leadership of the Pope. In this book, the
Swiss-Guard-turned-CEO gives a personal witness to the successful application of the Pope's
leadership virtues and offers the same to other CEOs and all of his readers. The book is thus
an excellent tribute to the memory of the Pope and a commendable guide to successful
entrepreneurship. -- Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice
and Peace
Andreas Widmer has given us a true gift by sharing his firsthand experience of Pope JPII's
personal habits so that we can incorporate these in our own leadership journey. By making
the Pope accessible and by appropriating the Pope's demeanor into his own personal and
work lives, Andreas gave a us a role model who is truly worthy of the word and shows us that
it is possible to achieve the sanctity of leadership even in the context of business.
Andreas Widmer gives us a true gift by sharing his firsthand experience of Pope JPII's
personal habits so that we can incorporate these in our own leadership journey. By making
the Pope accessible and by appropriating the Pope's demeanor into his own personal and
work lives, Andreas gives a us a role model who is truly worthy of the word; he shows us that
it is possible to achieve the sanctity of leadership even in the context of business. -- Carolyn
Y. Woo, Dean, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame; newly named
President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services
Andreas Widmer is an honest man, a good man, and an insightful man. His reflections on
what he learned from perhaps the greatest Christian of our time offer all of us a powerful
example of leadership at work. -- George Weigel, Pope John Paul II s Biographer,
Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington s Ethics and Public Policy Center
What we find in Andreas Widmer s book is the fruit, both of his own disciplined and
[shrewdly perceptive] scrutiny of his life, and of the influence on that life of the years he