How St. Joseph’s Silent Strength Speaks Volumes in Leadership (Morning Air)

Isn’t it amazing what we can learn from a man who never said a word but lived so loudly? 

John Morales talks with Harry Kraemer, former CEO of Baxter and a professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. They delve into the influential silence of St. Joseph and his exemplary role for today’s leaders, especially those steering major corporations.

Here are some standout insights from their conversation:

Lead by Action: Picture this: St. Joseph, a man who never muttered a word in the Scriptures, yet his life is a masterclass in leadership. It’s all about what you do, not what you say. That’s a game-changer, right?

Value Everyone: Harry Kraemer really brought it home with the idea that putting human dignity first isn’t just nice; it’s necessary. Imagine treating everyone at work not just as cogs in the machine but as people with dreams, needs, and talents. That’s how St. Joseph did it.

Be the Servant, Not the Boss: Now, this is noteworthy— think of leadership as a service. Just like Joseph did everything for Jesus and Mary, leaders today can truly uplift their teams by prioritizing their well-being and growth over the bottom line.

Listen Like Your Job Depends on It: Because, let’s face it, it does. Harry Kraemer points out that St. Joseph must have been an incredible listener. Creating a feeling of trust starts with really hearing people out, not just waiting for your turn to talk.

Let Faith Guide You: St. Joseph made some pretty hefty life decisions based on faith. That’s a powerful reminder that sometimes, the best business strategy might just be a leap of faith, guided by a moral compass.

Harry Kraemer shared how St. Joseph’s example could revolutionize our approach to leadership — less talk, more action, more heart. So, why not give it a try? Embrace a little quiet strength and see how it transforms your world. 🌍💼🙏

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.