John Mackey, Whole Foods co-founder and former CEO, discussed leadership and building a higher purpose in business and in life in a HealthCode webinar on January 11.
In a wide-ranging conversation with Steve Amos, HealthCode founder and CEO, Mackey discussed conscious leadership, building teams, creating value for stakeholders and empowering others in the workplace.
For leaders, it is important to put the mission and purpose of the company first, Mackey said.
“You are only as good as your team is,’ Mackey said. “You want to build the best team you can.’’
Mackey is a mission-driven entrepreneur who took Whole Foods from a single store in Austin, Texas, to a multibillion Fortune 500 company with stores in the United States, the UK and Canada.
While devoting his career to providing shoppers with high quality natural and organic foods, John also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business.
Mackey is a leader in driving “conscious capitalism’’ and built the Whole Foods culture around a higher purpose that goes beyond generating profits and value for shareholders and creates engagement among all stakeholders.
Mackey co-authored a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book: “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business” as well as “Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity through Business.” Here is a link to the online seminar: