Academic journal article Business Renaissance Quarterly

A Closer Look at a Business Renaissance Executive: An Interview with Margaret Benefiel

Academic journal article Business Renaissance Quarterly

A Closer Look at a Business Renaissance Executive: An Interview with Margaret Benefiel

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Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D., teaches at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and at the Millltown Institute in Dublin, Ireland. For the 2003-2004 academic year, she held the O'Donnell Chair of Spirituality at the Mi I Ito w ? Institute.

Margaret is the CEO of Executive Soul, which she founded in 2005. Executive Soul helps leaders make better decisions through spiritual leadership. Dr. Benefiel also has served as Chair of the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group. Over 500 executives, managers, and other leaders have participated in her seminars and courses. She is the author of Soul At Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations (Seabury Books, 2005) and The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Success and Fulfillment (Crossroad, 2008), and 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.

Margaret speaks widely, leads seminars and retreats, and offers consulting, coaching, and spiritual direction for leaders and organizations. Over 500 executives and other leaders have participated in her courses and seminars. Dr. Benefiel holds a Bachelor's in History from Princeton University; a Master of Arts in Theology from the Earlham School of Religion, and a Ph.D. in Spirituality from the Catholic University of America.

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

BRQ: What makes you a business renaissance executive?

MB: About fifteen years ago, I found myself losing my soul in the institution in which I was working. …

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