The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Fulfillment and Success
DescriptionDemonstrating the principle that soulfulness at work is a way of being and doing, this guide provides new perspectives on the qualities of leadership. Three main sections elaborate on the themes of choosing the path, staying on track, and persevering to the end. Drawing from interviews with outstanding leaders--including Tom and Kate Chappell, the founders of Tom's of Maine; Bob Glassman, co-chairman of Wainwright Bank & Trust; Desmond Tutu; and The Edge of rock band U2--and supported with guided questions in each section, this book is an essential addition to the bookshelf of anyone who wants to lead with soul. In an environment where leaders are rewarded for their drive, decisiveness, productivity, and long work hours, the spiritual well-being of a leader may get short shrift, and harm can come to both the leader and the organization this individual serves. Challenging the assumptions that effective leaders must sell their souls, cut corners, cook the books, and let go of their vision, a new model of spiritual leadership is offered. Teachers, parents, committee chair leaders, and other individuals in organizations of any size are exhorted to aim higher and lead with soul in any sphere, large or small.
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About the Author
Margaret Benefiel, Ph. D., author of Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations, is an internationally known expert in the filed of spirituality and leadership. CEO of ExecutiveSoul.com, she serves as Chair of the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group. Author of numerous articles and co-editor of a previous book, Dr. Benefiel teaches at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and the Milltown Institute in Dublin, Ireland.
"Speaking both to individual and organizational spiritual transformation, the author's inspiring message will likely earn her book a receptive audience." --Publishers Weekly
"Today's global community desperately needs leaders with soul. Margaret Benefiel's groundbreaking book meets that need beautifully, by teaching principles of soulful leadership, illustrated with stories of real leaders who practice them. Required reading." --Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner, Nobel Peace Prize
"Margaret Benefiel demonstrates the value of spiritual leadership and a practical way to carry it out. She brings to leadership theory and practice the new depth thoughtful corporate leaders have been seeking." --Gordon Self, vice president, organizational advancement, Caritas Health Group
"Working with Margaret Benefiel has helped me, in a very short time, become grounded in spirit, both in my everyday life and in my corporate workplace." --Kerry Hamilton, former vice president, director of marketing, BJ's Wholesale Clubs
"Breaks the mold of leadership books. Benefiel helps me to dare to dream, battle for my soul, and break through the barriers that keep me from succeeding." --David Batstone, professor and author, Saving the Corporate Soul and Not For Sale
"Powerfully inspirational and eminently practical. Through the use of stories culled from interviews with leaders with soul, [Benefiel] provides excellent guidance as to how to lead with soul." --Jerry Biberman, editor, Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion
"Stories are woven together to provide inspiring lessons for all of us who seek to build depth and spirit at work." --Lee Bolman, author, Leading With Soul
"Margaret gives you real-life examples and practical steps to take in your own setting and create the kind of organization you envision!" --Charlotte Roberts, coauthor, the million-selling The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook