A follow-up to Conscious Capitalism that draws on Mackey’s four decades of experience and wisdom, Conscious Leadership offers a road map for values-based leadership – in business and in life. Exploring the vision, virtues, and mindset that informed Mackey’s own journey, it illuminates the strategies that have helped him shepherd Whole Foods as a market leader, from pioneering early steps through incredible growth to recent innovations with Amazon. Each chapter challenges you to rethink conventional wisdom, with anecdotes, case studies, profiles of conscious leaders, and engaging techniques for self-development.
This inspirational book holds the answers that will both transform your business and touch your heart. From our foremost voices on purpose-driven business, Conscious Leadership issues an empowering call to action – for leaders who see beyond the bottom line.
Introduction: My Awakening to Conscious Leadership
As the plane touched down in Florida in January of 2001 and I looked out over a world of palm trees and sunshine, I knew my life had come to a crossroads. I wasn’t here for a vacation, although I could have used one. I was here at the behest of the Whole Foods Market board of directors. My job and my future were on the line. At a meeting planned for the next day, I was going to be interviewed, along with the other members of the company’s executive team… more.