For over one thousand years, people have walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail across Spain. I do trails as a hobby and walked the Camino in 2013. The Camino had an impact on me like no other trail. Afterwards, I wrote blogs on LinkedIn about the leadership lessons from that experience. Those blogs went viral and touched thousands of people around the world. Many readers encouraged me to write a book. In 2016, I got a publishing deal to write this book,
The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain (AMACOM, 2017).
To augment my own Camino experience, I gathered stories from 100 other Camino pilgrims from 16 countries. The book centers on the 7 values pilgrims are asked to follow while on the trail and how those values can help in work and life off the Camino. The book is available at Amazon.com and other retailers as a hardcover, audiobook, and ebook.
"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.”
"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."
— Suzanne Tager, Senior Director, Retail and Consumer Goods Practice, Bain & Company
"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
“I never respond to posts on LinkedIn -- ever – but I’ve got to now… This article gave me chills.” – Marketing Manager, Florida
“By far, one of the best pieces I’ve read on LinkedIn. Thank you for sharing your experience, Victor Prince!” – Regional Outreach Director, New York USA
“Wonderful, wonderful post that seamlessly assimilates travel, life, work and the lessons you should take from it all.” – Creative Project Manager, Connecticut USA
“This is a perfect example of real life practical applications as it relates to the field. I love this article, it was truly entertaining and educational in one. Thanks!” – Account Executive, Charlotte NC, USA
“You not only have a talent for making your lessons memorable, you also deliver them so beautifully with your writing.” – Regional Outreach Director, New York USA
“Your essays are truly inspiring… On my FB page, I described you as a pilgrim whose wisdom even John Wayne would like.” – Marketing Consultant, Mexico
“What an inspiring set of lessons from the heart.” – Commercial Services Manager, London UK
“Victor, what a wonderful post. I like the life lesson analogy after each experience. Precise & to the point. Thanks.” – Associate at a Global Bank, Singapore
“Brilliant, Victor. Very basic, very profound, and totally relevant.” – Experiential based learning project founder, India
“I am putting El Camino de Santiago on my bucket list and I don’t care how old I am when I finally do it! Thank you, Victor.” – Transportation Planner & Coordinator, Texas, USA
“This is a beautifully written post and while I don’t think I will make this particular pilgrimage, I am inspired to take on other ‘walks’ in life... Hope I too can inspire someone one day…” – Regional Projects Manager, United Arab Emirates
“It is amazing how a person whom you never know and may never meet again, makes a positive impact on your thoughts and energy.” - Project Manager in a Fortune 500 company, Scotland UK
“Brilliant article. So insightful and unique in approach!” – Customer Success Manager, India
“Having walked the 400km from St. Jean to Fromista I totally concur with each and every of the seven lessons... You really captured the spirit of the Camino.” - Freelance Construction and Transportation Engineer, Ireland
“Thanks, Victor, for an inspiring, interesting and highly readable post.” - Principal Consulting Engineer, Brisbane, Australia
“What a great story with practical life lessons, as well as leadership lessons!” – Hospital Consultant, Colorado, USA
“Nice work relating a personal experience to benefits in Project Management.” – Project, Facilities, Production Operations Engineer, Houston, USA
“Lovely hearty article that brings us back to be a successful human (at work)” – Organisational Development Professional, Sydney, Australia
“Excellent analogy and cross reference with real life.” – Process Coordinator, Ontario, Canada
“Absolutely loved this posting and the Lessons. Great life and work lessons overall. Thanks for sharing that experience!” – IT Communications, New York, USA
“I walked my Camino nearly three years ago… loved your 7 values – and would recognise each one as something I encountered.” – Consultant, UK
“What I took from this is our own camino need not begin in Spain but rather wherever I am at the moment... Well stated!” – Commodity Specialist, Texas, USA
“Thank you, Victor, for sharing your insights, experiences, and friendship. I look forward to purchasing and reading your book...as well as the forthcoming "Camino Memoirs" book (hint hint).” – Civil Engineer, Texas USA