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 Ive 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 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
In The Pope and the CEO, Andreas Widmer gives a striking testimony to the heroic holiness of the life of Blessed Pope John Paul II, which he, as a young Swiss Guard, was blessed to witness at close hand. He offers a most powerful testimony, showing how the holiness of Pope John Paul II inspired and continues to inspire him, also through difficult times in his life, to strive for what the saintly Pontiff aptly called the high standard of ordinary Christian living. It is my hope that Widmers book will draw many, especially those engaged in business, closer to. Blessed Pope John Paul II and, through him, to Christ to Whom, through the Blessed Virgin Mary, he gave his whole being, right up to the last moment of his life.
- Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Andreas Widmer gives us a true gift by sharing his firsthand experience of Pope- John Paul IIs personal habits so that we can incorporate these in our own leadership journey. He gives us a role model who is truly worthy of the word; Andreas 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