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15 February 2017

Leadership: How Pope Francis teaches us through the ways he leads

Model One’s Values

When we look at the leadership style of Pope Francis, we see someone who models what he believes. This is what makes him so interesting to watch and listen to. What he believes and how he acts, match, and they reinforce each other.

Taking Risks

When a person is named Pope they find themselves suddenly in the public eye and people are listening ot everything that you say and watching everything you do and drawing conclusions from that. But we can clearly see from Pope Francis’s actions that he is a person who is willing to take risks. To move in directions that in the public eye are way out of the ordinary.

Seeking Counsel

Pope Francis eagerly seeks out of the advice of others. What we learn from Pope Francis is the important of not making vital life decisions in isolation. Meaning only drawing from our own life experience to decide the best direction that our life will unfold and using only own own reflections to discover the Will of God for us.

The Use of the Internet

Pope Francis is making good use of the Internet to connect with people all over the world. The Vatican already had a website to share Church Documents but Pope Francis is also making use of the internet to communicate his inner thoughts and to encourage people through the use of regular reflections.

A Healthy Schedule

When we think of all the worldwide responsibilities that lay on the shoulders of Pope Francis we have to wonder how he designs his daily schedule. There is an endless list of people who want to speak with him, there are numerus meetings that he needs to be part of and there is also a need to provide time for his own personal prayer life.

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About the author

Father John Kingsbury

Father John Kingsbury, CSsR, D.Min., is the Coordinator for the Conference of Redemptorists of North America. He has been assigned to parish and retreat ministry in both the United States and Caribbean and given Parish Missions across Canada for both the Roman and Ukrainian Church.

Father Kingsbury first professed vows as a Redemptorist in 1975 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. His assignments have included St. Mary’s Parish, Annapolis, MD; St. Clement Church in Saratoga Springs, NY; St. Peter & Paul in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Mount St. Alphonsus Retreat Center in Esopus, NY; and Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY. He has also served as rector of the formation residence for Redemptorist students, and served on the Redemptorist Extraordinary Provincial Council for 18 years.

A frequent visitor to Canada’s three Redemptorist communities: (Edmonton-Toronto, Yorkton (Ukrainian Rite) and Saint. Anne de Beaupre (francophone), Fr. John has previously contributed his homilies on Mary, Mother of God, to Devotions TV and Redemptorist TV.