Conscious Leadership

Conscious Leadership

Elevating Humanity Through Business

This popular business book (published by Penguin/Portfolio) explores the vision, virtues, and mindset needed for aspiring conscious leaders, providing a roadmap for innovative, value-based leadership in business and society. Coauthor John Mackey is CEO of Whole Foods Market and coauthor of the acclaimed 2013 book: Conscious Capitalism. And coauthor Carter Phipps is cofounder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution and author of the 2012 book: Evolutionaries.

It is a well-established truth that an organization’s potential is constrained by the capacities of its leaders. One of the best ways to improve an organization is therefore to evolve the personal and professional capacities of those who lead it. This is the mission of Conscious Leadership. The book defines conscious leaders as those who are “driven by service to the organization’s higher purpose, all the people that it touches, and the planet we all share together.” Each chapter includes anecdotes, case studies, profiles of conscious leaders, and innovative techniques for self-development.

Conscious Leadership culminates in an empowering call to action for leaders who can see beyond the bottom line. The book also includes an appendix: “On Cultivating Cultural Intelligence.”


“Living proof that we don’t have to choose between purpose and profits.”
—Adam Grant, New York Times–bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

“In a changing world, businesses that hope to thrive will need leadership to take them there. Conscious Leadership defines a path forward for all of us looking to lead the way.”
—Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks

“Through aligning personal obligations with the collective gain, Conscious Leadership demonstrates how value can simultaneously be compounded on both the balance sheets of our souls and bank accounts.”
—Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award winner

Conscious Leadership illustrates the values and virtues that define the mindset of extraordinary leaders. True leadership is a neverending journey, and this visionary book is an invaluable companion for the road!”
—Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase

“Developing leaders who know how to do the right thing—to lead with integrity—is of critical importance as the global economy evolves and organizations face new challenges. John Mackey and his co-authors have made an important contribution to the conversation about how to lead.” 
—Jeff Wilke, Former CEO of Worldwide Consumer, Amazon 

“John Mackey is a proven innovator and leader. Here he shares insights from evolution and psychology as well as his own experience and that of others in business to set out with clarity and eloquence what it means to lead with love, purpose, and integrity.” 
—Matt Ridley, author of How Innovation Works

“This is one of the best leadership books I have ever read. It is a manual for creating value and doing the right thing.” 
—Ed Freeman, professor at The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and author of The Power of And