Victor Prince – The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain

Many people that completed one of the Camino routes across Spain to Santiago de Compostela want to convey their impressions. Some post travelogues to Youtube or process their encounters in a novel (e.g. Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist in their Camino and the Dutch philosopher and theologist Willem Ouweneel in his De vrouwe van de Camino) or produce a full movie (The Way, 2010). Others use the Camino as a poster child for compassion like Patrick Gray & Justin Skeesuck did in the movie and book I’ll push you. Although American Victor Prince skipped the Pyrenees, booked hotels for all nights ahead instead of staying with other pilgrims in the aulberges for €10 per night on the Camino Frances, there’s still a lot to share and apply in ‘real life’ with or without the experience of walking for hundreds of miles.

Enclosed in an introduction to the history of Christian pilgrimage and practical tips on preparing for the Camino, Prince elaborates the Spirit of the Camino, seven reminders of things pilgrims should do while on the Camino:

  1. Welcome each day, its pleasures and its challenges.
  2. Make others feel welcom.
  3. Share.
  4. Live in the moment.
  5. Feel the spirit of those who have come before you.
  6. Appreciate those who walk with you today.
  7. Imagine those who will follow you.

In chapters dedicated to each of these principles, Prince relates to his own adventures, applies it in a business or leadership setting, and borrows quotes from fellow Camino pilgrims, whom he either met in person, or online in groups. The Camino Way (2017) is a multi-angled perspective on each of these principles that may sound superficially, but can guide you as a professional in daily life as much as the pilgrim on his sabbatical leave, mid-life crisis, or life-changing long distance walk. The Camino radically changed Prince’s course from a career in banking and consulting to one as an author and public speaker on leadership and transformation topics.

About the author
Victor Prince is a leadership author, trainer, and speaker. His books include The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain (AMACOM, 2017), Executive Farm: A Leadership Fable (DiscoveredLOGIC, 2016), and Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide their Teams to Exceptional Results (Career Press, 2015). He trains and speaks to clients around the world on leadership and strategy. He previously served as COO of the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He holds an MBA in Finance from Wharton.