What is it about?

Are executives who engage in regular spiritual practices more resilient under stress than their non-spiritual peers? This study used a mixed methods design to explore the relationship of spirituality and resilience and found that leaders who engage in regular spiritual practices such as meditation and mindfulness score higher than the general population on a standardized measure of resilience.

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Why is it important?

Stress in the workplace has reached epidemic proportions. Our findings show that spiritual practices can increase resilience, inhibit the stress response, and create job burnout.


As a professor of EMBA students, I am well aware of the stress of contemporary organizations and I am saddened by the impact of stress on these individuals personal and professional well-being. New ways of framing and responding to stress are sorely needed. Daily practices that help to minimize a stress response can be life changing.

Charlotte Shelton
Rockhurst University

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This page is a summary of: Resilience and spirituality: a mixed methods exploration of executive stress, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, November 2019, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/ijoa-08-2019-1848.
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