Work Is the Path to Our Greatest Selves

What I do, How I do it, and Why

Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW, is a researcher, lecturer, consultant, and author. She teaches Compassionate Leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she created the perennially waitlisted course “Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion.” She is a principal teacher and a founding faculty member of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama. In 2019, she co-founded Skylyte, a company that specializes in using the latest neuroscience and behavior change to empower high-performing leaders and managers to prevent burnout for themselves and their teams.

Her first book, How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind (HarperWave), which was endorsed by the Dalai Lama has been translated into seven languages. Her latest book, The Little Book of Bhavana: The Thai secrets of everyday resilience (Quercus), came out in the UK in 2019. Leah has taught and spoken in over 75 organizations across sectors, including Genentech, Goldman Sachs, NASA, the European Commission, FEMA, Google, Kaiser Permanente, BP, and Intuit. Her work has been covered by news outlets around the world, including BBC, the New York Times, TED, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and countless others.

What I Do

Helping leaders who care deeply about their people create the conditions to do business differently.

How I Do It

I blend ancient wisdom with modern science with a whole lot of heart and humor. We will spend 90,000 hours of our life at work; I help people use that time to become inspiring and impactful leaders.

Can we be mindful at work without meditating? Thousands of years of practice and current scientific research say yes.

Why I Do It

Soft skills are serious skills.

You can’t afford not to do this work.

People want to work in human environments. They will engage more, have more loyalty, more joy, more creativity – and they’ll give a shit.

People will work hard in a culture that treats them like a human being.

When we feel valued, we give our best effort.

Explore all the ways we can do it together

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