About Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D.

headshot smallerMargaret Benefiel, Ph.D., Executive Officer of Executive Soul, LLC, has 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 Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 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.

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Dr. Benefiel's Latest Newsletter Article

Leadership for Mission: Keeping the Focus

Yesterday President Obama, Vice President Biden, a bevy of Senators and Kennedys, and other assorted political leaders dedicated the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. The speakers honored Ted Kennedy as someone who, in his 47 years in the Senate, knew his mission and knew how to stay focused on it. As a result, he became an extremely effective leader.

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