The Leader as a Mensch: Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow
By Bruna Martinuzzi
Foreword by Michael A. Freeman, M.D.
Offering a Glimpse Into the Strength, Wisdom, and Self-Mastery of Exceptional Leadership
This insightful and engaging book speaks volumes on ways in which all of us, at any level, can improve our leadership impact and develop the humility, integrity, and honor that instills hope and confidence in others. Drawing on over 25 years of leadership experience, Bruna Martinuzzi brilliantly conveys the essential guidelines for the emotionally intelligent leadership needed for enduring success. Some leaders are exceptional human beings, people that others genuinely want to follow; the book uses the Yiddish word Mensch, meaning “real person of character” to describe these worthy leaders. Martinuzzi takes the reader on a transformative journey to a way of living, self-discovery, and personal strength that translates into becoming a person who authentically inspires with empathy and confidence — and successfully motivates others to follow by example, a mensch-leader.
Written for senior and emergent leaders, as well as coaches and mentors, Leader as a Mensch reminds us that ‘followers’ strongly impact and sustain good leadership — and, before you can lead any group, team, or organization, you must first lead yourself. This book is for anyone wanting to enhance the way he or she supports and influences others at work and in life. An unsurpassed glimpse into the strength, wisdom, and self-mastery of true leadership, Bruna Martinuzzi’s inspiring words close with an equally inspiring appendix, complete with an extensive listings of books, articles, and emotional intelligence frameworks to use on your path toward your personal best.
“Every once in a while a book is written that is as rich with heart as it is with skills and applications. This book is a must-read for anyone who has come to grips with the fact leadership is not about exercising authority. It’s about setting a clear example. Every reader can find something for themselves to work on in this soon to be business classic.”
— Joseph Gibbons, PhD, The FutureWork Institute
“This is a valuable and uplifting book for everyone who wants to make the world a better place. Bruna Martinuzzi has written a beautiful book about how to achieve true ‘menschdom’.”
— Guy Kawasaki, MBA, Author, Reality Check; Co-founder, Alltop.com