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The Leader as a Mensch

Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow

By Bruna Martinuzzi
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The Leader as a Mensch: Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow by Bruna Martinuzzi

The Leader as a Mensch (2009) is a guide to becoming a great leader. Learn the importance of caring for those you lead, and how reflecting on yourself will bring you closer than ever to becoming the best leader you can be.

  • Managers and supervisors who want to become better leaders
  • Anyone wanting to improve their communication skills

Bruna Martinuzzi is the author of Presenting with Credibility: Practical Tools and Techniques for Effective Presentations, and a founder of Clarion Enterprises Ltd., an organization that, through coaching and trainings, has helped hundreds of individuals improve their leadership skills.

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The Leader as a Mensch

Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow

By Bruna Martinuzzi
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The Leader as a Mensch: Become the Kind of Person Others Want to Follow by Bruna Martinuzzi
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The Leader as a Mensch (2009) is a guide to becoming a great leader. Learn the importance of caring for those you lead, and how reflecting on yourself will bring you closer than ever to becoming the best leader you can be.

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The roots of a great leader lie in humility, empathy and authenticity.

We all know that a tree without roots doesn’t stand a chance. It’ll fail to grow and a gust of wind could bring it crashing down. Well, the same goes for leaders. But what makes the solid roots of a great leader – or, in the author’s words, a great Mensch?

First off, humility helps a Mensch view things through the eyes of a novice, and this opens the door to infinite possibilities. Just take Anthony Kevin Dungy, a former NFL player and the current coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Despite his innumerable accomplishments, he never brags or even talks about himself.

Rather, he teaches his players in a toned-down, humble manner. He listens to their thoughts and is constantly learning himself.

The second thing about Mensch leaders is their awareness that sticking to their values will enable them to make a unique contribution to the world. Or, to put it simply, they’re authentic.

That means they stick to what they know is right, no matter what. For instance, if a Mensch profoundly cares for the environment, but learns he can make more money by using unsustainable materials, he’ll ignore that option altogether. This is a key Mensch quality because it makes those around them happier and more respectful.

And finally, the third root of Mensch leaders is empathy, which helps them build trust by making others feel safe and understood. For instance, a Mensch takes into consideration how others feel about themselves during interactions. By being present and focusing entirely during any conversation, a Mensch shows others that he cares about what they have to say.

But empathy doesn’t mean you have to make everyone like you. To paraphrase former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell: if you try to please everybody, you’ll avoid tough choices and shy away from confronting people when you should. According to him, this will only lead to your coming off as fake and untrustworthy.

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