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

In Every Human Heart

In Boston, where I live, April marks not only the beginning of spring but also the all-important Boston Marathon.  Two years ago the iconic event was shattered by an explosion which killed three people and injured many more.  Subsequently a police officer was also killed.

Earlier this month a jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of the crime on all thirty counts.  Now, as spring bursts forth in Boston and as last week witnessed the 119th Boston Marathon, the same jury deliberates Tsarnaev’s fate.   Will Tsarnaev spend the rest of his life in prison or will he die for his crime?

This week's Inspiration

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Reflections to inspire your workday.












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