Business management leader and leadership influencer Gary Hamel shares his thoughts in the Harvard Business Review (April 2015) regarding the address Pope Francis delivered to his top managers, the Curia, about managing and leading — or not — at the Vatican in late 2014.

The Pope was blunt, Hamel writes. Justifably so. “Leaders are susceptible to an array of debilitating maladies, including arrogance, intolerance, myopia, and pettiness. When those diseases go untreated, the organization itself is enfeebled,” he notes. Those “sins” show up wherever there are more than two and firms and groups are susceptible to them.

Pope Francis, Hamel says, understands that as human beings we have certain proclivities — not all of them noble. Nevertheless, leaders should be held to a high standard, since their scope of influence makes their ailments particularly infectious.

The sins of the Curia and the modern business? Hamel extracts them from the Pope’s address and enumerates 15 of them, beginning with “thinking we are immortal, immune, or downright indispensable.” Busyness and rivalry are on the list, too. Also “existential schizophrenia” (hypocrisy) and gossiping, grumbling, and back-biting. Many familiar and easy to see. Others hide in the shadows of the too-busy, over-scheduled day. But they’re there.

A piece definitely worth your time.

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