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

I walked the ancient Camino de Santiago trail across Spain in 2013. When I returned, I wrote blogs about the leadership lessons from that experience. Those blogs went viral and snowballed into a book deal with the American Management Association. 

The book is available in hardcover, audiobook, and ebook. It comes out in Spanish from HarperCollins in August 2018. You can buy the book at Amazon and other retailers. You can find it in public libraries in 40 US states and 10 countries.

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What Reviewers are Saying...

"Boost your career with the best business books of 20017... On the back of the passport, which is used to get stamps as each stage of the walk is completed, (Prince) noticed seven simple reminders of things pilgrims should do while on the Camino, which he used as the framework for his book The Camino Way, since they applied to work as well.... You don't need to walk the Camino to take those lessons into your own life.

— Harvey Schachter, The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest newspaper

"Prince’s is both a highly engaging story and a remarkably effective way to communicate business lessons... In this first-person narrative, Prince recounts his adventure, but unlike the typical travel diary, The Camino Way brilliantly draws continuous connections between the Camino, which started as a religious pilgrimage hundreds of years ago, and contemporary business leadership."

Foreword Reviews, an independent media company founded in 1998 to serve an audience of librarians, booksellers, book-loving consumers, publishers, agents, and other publishing professionals

"Books in business: What are Australia’s corporate captains reading?... (BUPA Australia chief Richard Bowden) is planning a five-day walk through Spain later this year so has Victor Prince’s The Camino Way to see what he is in for."

The Herald SunAustralia's largest newspaper

"One of 6 books to read this month for a healthy dose of motivation... A leadership consultant and speaker, Victor Prince was a hard-driven and competitive businessman when a friend challenged him to undertake the 500-mile walk. By the end, he had become relaxed, kinder and more effective. He shares his insights and applies them to seven important leadership lessons."

 SUCCESS Magazine, serving small business entrepreneurs  

"Drawing on personal experiences and interviews with nearly 100 other pilgrims, Prince clearly and deftly blends his travelogue with management advice in the form of “seven simple leadership lessons.” He also provides a “How to Do This at Work” section for each lesson. getAbstractrecommends this captivating read to armchair travelers and to those seeking to enhance their leadership skills through personal growth."

 getAbstract, a book summary service founded in 1999

"Prince’s newest, The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership From a Walk Across Spain, distills insights from his trek along the Camino el Santiago—an ancient 500-mile-long road traversed by pilgrims for centuries—into tangible business strategies."

 Chicago Reader

"4.5/5.0 stars - The mystical power of the Camino de Santiago is captured in a provocative way by Prince in this part-travel, part-leadership lessons book... Undoubtedly readers will be inspired by Prince’s expedition and perhaps will even ponder their own Camino discovery. The Camino Way is a unique perspective for a leadership book, and readers will be stimulated to be more thoughtful about their own lives, as well as those that they lead."

 Portland Book Review

"The author of this interesting, unique book is an experienced executive and consultant. In this very clearly written book, he explains what leadership is from traveling on foot 500 miles across the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and talking to people along the way... It is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate business students as well as managers of for-profit and nonprofit organizations."

 Choice, the go-to source for librarians seeking worthwhile new titles for their collection

“What began as a competitive trek became an amazing adventure and career game-changer... offers inspiring examples and practical suggestions.”

 The Retail Observer

"The camino has spawned a multitude of books and blogs. Victor Prince has taken a novel approach. He has gathered reflections from a cross section of pilgrims and distilled this wisdom to provide lessons in leadership. Whether that leadership is in business or life in general, we could all benefit from the advice it contains.” 

 John Brierley, author of A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago and other bestselling travel books

"Victor Prince’s follow up to Lead Inside the Box is a much different, but equally original, book on leadership. In The Camino Way, Victor shares lessons from an extraordinary experience that can help other leaders in their everyday work. I strongly recommend it."

— Robert J. Herbold, Chief Operating Officer (retired), Microsoft Corporation

"Sometimes a long walk is the best way to clear your mind and learn new things, and The Camino Way proves that to the extreme. A thousand year old hiking trail across Spain is a uniquely interesting setting for a book on leadership. It's a great read with valuable lessons for anyone looking to become a better leader, professionally and personally.”

— Ethan Bernstein, Asst. Professor of Leadership & Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School

"I'll probably never walk the Camino, but I feel like I did after reading this book. What a fresh take on leadership! I highly recommend it."

— David K. Lenhardt, former President and CEO, PetSmart, Inc.

"Victor draws you in with the opportunity to walk the Camino vicariously with him - all the experiences and none of the blisters. This entertaining book is a combination of a travel guide and an invaluable set of lessons for success in life at home and at work."
— Dan Tangherlini, former Administrator of the US General Services Administration

"When reading this inspirational book, I couldn't help but think about a term I learned in Latin - Manus manum lavat - one hand washes another. As leaders we need to ensure we never forget about the people we rely on, our teams, our employees, our family, friends...our village. The Camino Way reminds us we are all on different journeys and every relationship matters." 
— Lisa M. Buckingham, Chief Human Resources Officer of Lincoln Financial Group

"The Camino Way offers universal life and leadership lessons. After finishing, I couldn't decide which I wanted to do first:  share the book with my senior team or buy a plane ticket and start my own journey."
Scott Kubly, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation

“Rooted in history, yet highly relevant to today, Victor Prince takes readers on a journey of insight that can add value to all of our daily experiences."

Suzanne Tager, Senior Director, Retail and Consumer Goods Practice, Bain & Company

"Most people have two stacks of books by their bed: books they read for work, and books they read for pleasure. The Camino Way is the only book you’ll read this year that could make it to both stacks." 
— Paul Smith, bestselling author of Lead with a Story and Sell with a Story

"The Camino Way takes you on a journey you will never forget. Awesome story telling that captures and sweeps you in while delivering great life and leadership lessons. Another outstanding book from Victor Prince!"
 Brigette Hyacinth, Founder and Director of the MBA Caribbean Organisation

"Victor Prince not only shares valuable lessons and insights from his walk on the Camino, he goes one step further. Through his journey, he guides us to apply his newfound perspective to the most meaningful aspects of our lives. In doing so, we become better leaders, better parents, and better people."
Sally Tassani, President, The Strategy Forums

"Let Victor Prince be your guide in this supremely engaging, lesson-packed breath of fresh air. Prince insightfully draws lessons in leadership embedded within the famed walk ranging from the power of living in each moment, to learning to ask for help, to ensuring to honor predecessors. If a “Buen Camino” is not on your itinerary, this book will bring you as close to the life-changing power of the vaunted walk as possible. It’s like a MBA for the soul." 

Scott Mautz – author of Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration & Make Work Exciting Again