Publication date: February 16, 2024
Catholic theologian Ann M. Garrido—author of the bestselling and award-winning book Redeeming Administration—continues her work on Christian leadership by examining power not as a manipulative force in short supply but as Jesus understood it: an abundant good meant to be shared and put to use for the sake of harmony and holiness.
In Redeeming Power, Garrido helps you develop a spirituality of power by considering the skills and personal qualities that will enable a healthy and holy use of power in your role as one who leads. Garrido explores key passages from the creation stories of Genesis where we find the roots of how Jesus understood power. She shows how God shares divine power with all humans and calls leaders to specific ways of exercising power that will benefit the people and institutions they serve.
Joining these biblical lessons to her personal experience, and with help from nearly forty interviews of leaders in nonprofit organizations, business, and the Church, Garrido offers insight and guidance into many of the challenges contemporary leaders face, including how to
- set—and adapt as needed—healthy boundaries for yourself and within the institution or community you serve,
- honor confidentiality while seeking to be transparent,
- share power with others,
- use one’s power on behalf of justice,
- stay rooted in the everyday, hands-on work of those you serve, and
- discern why and organize how you spend time and energy in order to bring balance to your life and work.
Garrido provides you with holy companions for your leadership journey, including Maria Montessori, Nicholas Black Elk, Benedict of Nursia, Kaloli Lwanga, Thea Bowman, Hildegard of Bingen, Mark Ji Tianxiang, Margaret of Scotland, and Jean Baptiste de La Salle.
Questions for self-reflection or group study are included at the end of each chapter and a companion discussion guide is available to download for free at avemariapress.com.
Trim size: 5 x 7 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“A timely consideration of power and a joyous call to the vocation of a leader!”
“A timely consideration of power and a joyous call to the vocation of a leader! Ann Garrido’s exploration truly frees leadership from a function of control and management to an imaginative process of living out our baptismal call.”
Carrie Meyer McGrath
System Director for Formation, Commonspirit Health
“Ann Garrido masterfully breaks down the stigma around ‘power’ in Christian leadership.”
Founder of Young Catholic Professionals
“A book full of wonderful insights!”
“Pastoral ministers and all Catholics who lead will find in Redeeming Power a book full of wonderful insights! Using Genesis and the gospels as her foundation, Ann Garrido offers twelve thought-provoking and inspiring theological reflections on the gift of power along with practical lessons and guidance from Church leaders past and present.”
Brian B. Reynolds
Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer, Archdiocese of Louisville
“Accessible, insightful, and thoughtful in the ways that Ann Garrido draws deep connections between leadership, power, and our Judeo-Christian tradition. As a professor who helps aspiring Catholic school leaders see their work in light of the Gospel, I found this book really helpful! I appreciated Garrido's real-life examples, her beautiful use of sacred scripture, and the practical nature of her applications. This is sure to be essential reading for all involved in leadership at every level.”
Fr. Nate Wills, CSC
Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, Alliance for Catholic Education
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