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Leadership Secrets from the 16th Century

3_3 Traditioned Innovation- Chris Lowney
Jonathan Hayden

Jonathan Hayden

Director of Operations, Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center

Author and Leadership Foundations friend Chris Lowney joined us for the final installment of our series on Traditioned Innovation. Chris shared with us what we, as 21st-century leaders, can learn from 16th-century priests. Chris is a one-time Jesuit seminarian who later served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co on three continents. He is the author of the groundbreaking and bestselling book Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World.

We were also joined by Sam Acevado, Executive Director, Boston Higher Education Resource Center, the Local Leadership Foundation in Boston who shared about the incredible work they are doing in Boston. 

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What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.