Here is an abstract of an article that appeared in the Leadership Quarterly journal.

“This review of over 150 studies shows that there is a clear consistency between spiritual values and practices and effective leadership. Values that have long been considered spiritual ideals, such as integrity, honesty, and humility, have been demonstrated to have an effect on leadership success. Similarly, practices traditionally associated with spirituality as demonstrated in daily life have also been shown to be connected to leadership effectiveness. All of the following practices have been emphasized in many spiritual teachings, and they have also been found to be crucial leadership skills: showing respect for others, demonstrating fair treatment, expressing caring and concern, listening responsively, recognizing the contributions of others, and engaging in reflective practice.”

Don’t let anyone talk you out of pursuit a spiritually meaningful life. The evidence is everywhere.


The Leadership Quarterly 16 (2005) 655 – 687. Spiritual values and practices related to leadership effectiveness.