MARGARET (MEG) WHEATLEY, Ed.D.
Margaret Wheatley, Ed.D. began caring about the world’s peoples in 1966 as a Peace Corps volunteer in post-war Korea. As a consultant, senior-level advisor, teacher, speaker, and formal leader, she has worked on all continents (except Antarctica) with all levels, ages, and types of organizations, leaders, and activists. Her work now focuses on developing and supporting leaders globally as Warriors for the Human Spirit. These leaders put service over self, stand steadfast through crises and failures, and make a difference for the people and causes they care about. With compassion and insight, they know how to invoke people’s inherent generosity, creativity, kindness, and community–no matter what’s happening around them.
Margaret has written ten books, including the classic Leadership and the New Science, and been honored for her pathfinding work by many professional associations, universities, and organizations. She received her Doctorate from Harvard University in 1979, an M.A. in Media Ecology from NYU in 1974, and a B.A. from University of Rochester in 1966. She spent a year at University College London 1964-65. Her website is designed as a library of free resources as well as information about products and her speaking calendar. www.margaretwheatley.com
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Approaching 80, I look back and see what a rich and blessed life I’ve had. I’ve been able to give my curiosity free rein and to be with extraordinary teachers and companions. I’ve been able to explore a wide range of disciplines, lived in several different cultures, and raised a large family. I’ve learned from an incredible diversity of people, from Indigenous peoples to the Dalai Lama, from small town ministers to senior government ministers, from leading scientists to National Park rangers, from engaged activists to solitary monastics. This access to so many sources of experience and wisdom, held in the container of friendship, continues to deepen my resolve to bring whatever I’m learning into my books and teachings.
I had an excellent liberal arts education at the University of Rochester and University College London. I served in the Peace Corps in Korea, 1966-1968, learning to thrive in a post-war, traditional culture where everything was different, teaching junior and senior high school English (minimum class size was 65). My M.A. is from New York University in Media Ecology with Neil Postman. My doctorate is from Harvard’s program in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, focused on organizational behavior and change.
I have been a consultant and speaker since 1973, working with all types of organizations and peoples, on all continents (except Antarctica). Working in so many different places, it’s been easy to recognize patterns of behavior common across cultural and institutional differences, and to also note behaviors and worldviews specific to different cultures. And it has kept me alert to changing trends in leadership.
I was full-time faculty in two graduate management programs, Cambridge College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and The Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. I’ve been a formal advisor for leadership programs in England, Croatia, Denmark, Australia and the United States and, in Berkana, with leadership initiatives in India, Senegal, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Greece, Canada, and Europe. I was a formal advisor to the Director of the National Park System for ten years, a highlight in my career.
I am co-founder and president of The Berkana Institute, a global nonprofit founded in 1991. I am very proud of our decades of experimentation and support of life-affirming leaders everywhere. Explore our rich and varied history at www.berkana.org
My most creative work is The Warrior’s Songline, A Journey Guided by Voice and Sound (2020). In collaboration with musician Jerry Granelli, this new form melds voice and sound to create an evocative and transcendent experience that introduces listeners to the Warrior’s Path. https://margaretwheatley.com/the-warriors-songline/
I’ve written nine books and dozens of articles (free on my website). My writings have been an invitation to explore new ways of leading based on wisdom drawn from new science, history, archeology, cosmology and many spiritual traditions. I’ve sought to apply this rich and crucial wisdom to the challenges of leadership and how people can live well together as community, no matter what’s happening in external circumstances.
I’ve received several awards and honorary doctorates. In 2003, The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) honored me for my contribution “to workplace learning and development” and dubbed me “a living legend.” In April 2005, I was elected to the Leonardo Da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking for my contribution to the development of the field of systems thinking. I was inducted into the International Leadership Association’s Hall of Fame in 2014.
I was raised in New York and then lived in Boston area. Since 1989, I’ve lived happily in Utah. I have two adult sons and five stepchildren, all seven from the same father. I have dozens of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, most of whom live in Utah. I am held by the guardian mountains of Utah and frequently seek renewal in red rock canyons just a few hours away. My peaceful mountain home supports me to do my work and to take frequent brief spiritual retreats. My spiritual teachers’ guidance keeps deepening my spiritual practice, and I delight in the close proximity of beloved family.
To keep current with my work, see: https://margaretwheatley.com/library/current-thinking/
Books by Margaret Wheatley
Who Do We Choose To Be: Facing Reality|Claiming Leadership|Restoring Sanity
The Warrior’s Songline: A Journey Guided by Voice and Sound
How Does Raven Know? Entering Sacred World: A Meditative Memoir
So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World
Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now. Coauthored with Deborah Frieze
Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time
Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future
A Simpler Way. Coauthored with Myron Kellner-Rogers
Leadership and the New Science.