Soulful Leadership in An Election Year: New Book Describes How Leaders Can Pursue a Path of Integrity and Spiritual Awareness

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In an election year, can we hope to achieve soulful leadership? "Our world of scandals desperately needs leaders with soul," says theologian Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., author of a new book that profiles leaders who place spiritual principles front and center as they manage an organization. The Soul of a Leader shows how leaders as diverse as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and U2 lead guitarist The Edge inspire others to follow a dream that speaks to their heart and then stay on track, persevering in the face of powerful obstacles--a powerful message for an election year and beyond.

"Our world of scandals desperately needs leaders with soul," says theologian Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., author of a new book that profiles leaders who place spiritual principles front and center as they manage an organization. The Soul of a Leader shows how leaders as diverse as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and U2 lead guitarist The Edge inspire others to follow a dream that speaks to their heart and then stay on track, persevering in the face of powerful obstacles--a powerful message for an election year and beyond.

With glimpses into the lives of 20 spiritually motivated leaders from five countries and from industries ranging from bicycle sales and personal care products to banking and health care, The Soul of a Leader traces their common journey from a vague stirring of discontent through finding partners, seeking resonance, keeping the mission at the fore, remaining aligned through gratitude and compassion and persisting through the darkest of times with the help of spiritual guidance. "Stumbling is part of the process," Dr. Benefiel notes.

Whether their dream involves reinvigorating hospitals with a spirit of care, lending funds to underserved populations and nonprofits or creating a workplace that respects customers and employees alike, such leaders share sources of inspiration and methods of focus that we all can learn from, even if our sphere of influence is as small as a committee, an action group or a family, says Dr. Benefiel.

Dr. Benefiel teaches spirituality and organizational leadership at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and serves as CEO of ExecutiveSoul.com (http://www.executivesoul.com). Her previous book, Soul at Work, profiled companies that integrate spirituality into their daily operations through practices like deep interpersonal respect, prayer and spiritual discernment for business decisions.

The Soul of a Leader, by Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., ISBN 978-0824524807, is published by Crossroad Publishing and is available for $16.95 at bookstores and online at http://www.cpcbooks.com.

For more information, or to book Dr. Margaret Benefiel for an interview or radio/television show, please contact publicist Fern Reiss, Fern (at) PublishingGame.com

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