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Demonstrating 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.
Margaret Benefiel is the author of The Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations. She is the CEO of ExecutiveSoul.com and a teacher at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, in the area of spirituality and organisational leadership. She has taught at Emmanuel College in Boston, Harvard Divinity School, the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and Earlham School of Religion. She lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts.