Throughout the course of human history, there have been individuals whose lives have transformatively impacted entire generations In the Catholic Church. One such person was Pope John Paul II. This paper attempts to designate him as an effective leader by analyzing his personal life, pastoral engagements, and relationships with others through the lens of value-based, authentic, and positive leadership. The resources for this analysis were based on documents and archival materials. Upon analyzing the data, it was concluded that John Paul II’s pontificate was an era of effective leadership. From this conclusion, the implications for contemporary leaders at different levels and contexts were examined. The recommendation for possible research on the subject focuses on ways of modeling pastoral leadership in the Church after the late pope’s works, edicts, and everyday actions.

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