Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Norman B. L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

William G. Swenson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Faith A. Christine, B.A.


Soul is an old idea that has now become lost to our secular workplace. It does not have to be this way. By taking a spiritual rather than religious approach to soulfulness, we can find a place for it in our daily lives, including in the workplace. The goal of soulful leadership is to create a workplace that enables and supports each of us in our quest to grow into our calling and the depth of our potential. Soul is about creativity, adaptability, commitment, connection, energy, and passion-exactly what our workplaces are now asking of us. To become soulful leaders, we must first become soulful people. This requires committing ourselves to our own continued personal growth. Psychological development theory is used to understand the stages and events that propel personal development. Aspects of soulfulness are identified and described in terms of personal growth and soulful leadership.


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