About Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D.

MBPhoto4Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., Executive Officer of Executive Soul, LLC, has nearly 20 years of experience as a consultant and coach for organizations and leaders who want to improve their decision-making practices by discovering the congruence between their deepest values and their work.  In her work with leaders in congregations, businesses, non-profits, health care organizations, and educational institutions, Dr. Benefiel has facilitated workshops and lectured on a broad range of topics.  Her core topics include spiritual leadership in organizations, ethical business practices, courage in the workplace, discernment in strategic planning, and the development of meaning and integrity in congregational and organizational life. Over 1,000 executives, managers, and other leaders have participated in her seminars and courses.

Dr. Benefiel has served as Chair of the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group and has also served in various leadership roles in Spiritual Directors International.

Dr. Benefiel is an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and a visiting lecturer at All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland. For the 2003–2004 academic year, she held the O'Donnell Chair of Spirituality at the Milltown Institute in Dublin.

Dr. Benefiel is the author of Soul at Work (Seabury, 2005) and The Soul of a Leader (Crossroad, 2008), and co-editor of The Soul of Supervision (Morehouse, 2010). She has also written for The Leadership Quarterly, Management Communication Quarterly, Managerial Finance, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Organization, Personal Excellence, America, Presence, The Way, Studies in Spirituality, Radical Grace, and Faith at Work.

Dr. Benefiel is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting in Boston and lives in Boston with her husband, their dog, and their cat. She enjoys hiking, cycling, reading novels, and scuba diving in her free time.

Dr. Benefiel's Latest Newsletter Article

Soulful Leadership in Education

In 1744, the leaders of the Maryland and Virginia colonies signed a treaty with the Native Americans of the area. These colonial leaders then invited the Native Americans to send their boys to the College of William and Mary.  The tribal elders declined that offer, saying:

"We know that you highly esteem the kind of learning taught in those Colleges, and that the Maintenance of our young Men, while with you, would be very expensive to you.  We are convinced that you mean to do us Good by your Proposal; and we thank you heartily.  But you who are wise must know that different Nations have different Conceptions of things and you will therefore not take it amiss if our ideas of this kind of Education happen not to be the same as yours...."


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