The Camino Way

Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain

The Camino Way

Author: Victor Prince
Pub Date: July 2017
Print Edition: $21.95
Print ISBN: 9780814438244
Page Count: 208
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814438251

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I've learned a lot about leadership in my career. By earning a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, I learned about the theory and history of leadership at work. As a consultant, I've been able to work with leaders in a wide variety of industries and countries. As an executive, I've led people across a wide set of functions, including human capital, finance, facilities, purchasing, project management, information technology, and customer contact centers. And, like most everyone, I've had a lot of bosses to learn from as well.

The Camino provided a new, unexpected laboratory for me to learn about leadership. Every day presented new challenges that I had to manage through. I met dozens of hikers from around the world and got to learn about their careers.

The Camino also provided time for inner reflection. The many social moments with other hikers were separated by long stretches of alone time. I found myself recalling interactions and decisions I had made over my last several years of work, and my mind focused on what I wished I could redo. I started to imagine how I would have done things differently if I'd had the benefit of the Camino lessons I was now learning.

After I got home, I started writing about those insights and shared them on my blog about strategy and leadership. Each blog entry described how different experiences on the Camino taught me new leadership lessons or reinforced old ones in new ways. Those blogs went viral. They hit a wellspring with thousands of people from around the world who have done, or aspire to do, adventures like the Camino. They also resonated with people looking for new ways to learn about traditional management disciplines. Many readers encouraged me to write a book. Their support convinced me that there would be an audience. The confidence boost I got by completing my Camino convinced me that I could take on a new adventure--writing this book.

Excerpted from THE CAMINO WAY: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain by Victor Prince. Copyright © 2017 by Victor Prince. Published by AMACOM Books, a division of American Management Association, New York, NY. Used with permission.

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