Leah Weiss

Leah Weiss
Lecturer, Organizational Behavior
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Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Research Statement

She is the author of 'How We Work,' and ‘Bhavana: Life lessons from the cave boys of Thailand.’ Dr. Weiss is a mindfulness and compassion cultivation researcher, a corporate leadership consultant, and the lecturer behind the popular 'Leading With Mindfulness and Compassion' course. Leah has worked across many diverse sectors sharing her research - including healthcare, finance, tech, and with women in leadership. Leah Weiss, Ph.D., MSW is also a founding faculty member of the CCARE/Compassion Institute’s Compassion Cultivation Program.

Research Interests

  • Resilience & Burnout Recovery
  • Gender and racial equity in the Workplace
  • Mindful Leadership and Mindful Organizations
  • Compassionate and high quality connections
  • Purpose-driven work and cultures

Bio

Leah Weiss, PhD, is a researcher, professor, consultant, entrepreneur, and author. She teaches courses on 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. She is also the co-founder of Skylyte - a company that specializes in using the latest neuroscience and behavior change to empower high-performing leaders and managers 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) focuses on developing compassionate and soft skill-based leadership while also offering research-backed actionable steps towards finding purpose at work. It has currently been translated into 7 different languages. Her most recent book “The Little Book of Bhavana: Thai Secrets of Everyday Resilience” (Hachette) came out in May 2019.

 

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Theology and Education, Boston College Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Lynch School of Education, 2012
  • MSW, Boston College, 2006
  • BA, History, Stanford University, 2000

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB
  • Lecturer, University of California

Professional Experience

  • Director of Education, HopeLab
  • Founding Faculty of The Compassion Institute
  • Director of Education, CCARE

Publications

Books

Leah Weiss Quercus, May 30, 2019.

Teaching

Degree Courses

2018-19

The course explores the role of mindfulness and compassion in the workplace, and the contribution of these qualities to leadership. Topics addressed will include: How can mindfulness enhance clarity in purpose and productivity? What is the...

2017-18

The course explores the role of mindfulness, self-compassion and compassion in the workplace, and the contribution of these qualities to leadership. Topics addressed will include: How can mindfulness enhance clarity in purpose and productivity?...

Other Teaching
  • The course explores the role of mindfulness, self-compassion and compassion in the workplace, and the contribution of these qualities to leadership. Topics addressed will include: How can mindfulness enhance clarity in purpose and productivity?...

Stanford University Affiliations

Greater Stanford University

  • Principal Teacher and Trainer, Stanford Compassion Cultivation Program

In the Media

BizEd, December 30, 2019
Greater Good Magazine, March 15, 2018
Psychology Today, March 14, 2018
Stanford BeWell, March 7, 2018
BeWell Stanford, September 6, 2017
Huffington Post - The Blog, February 14, 2017
Harvard Business Review, November 18, 2016
Greater Good - The Science of a Meaningful Life, January 21, 2016
KQED Science, November 8, 2013
NPR All Things Considered, November 21, 2012
TEDx Traverse City, May 2012

Insights by Stanford Business

March 19, 2018
In her new book, “How We Work,” Stanford GSB lecturer Leah Weiss explores how to transform your on-the-job experience.

School News

March 19, 2018
Students explore how self-awareness, self-care, and self-understanding can help them become better leaders.