Helping professionals of all types are everyday heroes who routinely and selflessly improve the lives of others, but they often don’t realize that they also form a valuable pool of future leaders—that their specific characteristics, distinct aptitudes, and servant leader mindset not only prepare them, but already uncommonly equip them, to rise to the highest tiers of their organization’s leadership structure. Sharing lessons learned over a 30-year career and featuring plentiful anecdotes to illustrate the pointed discussions and central themes, this book aims to inspire helpers to exercise the power they already possess and encourage them to travel a fruitful and fulfilling path to professional development and organizational leadership.
Michael Kaufman, MSW, PhD, has the heart of a helping professional and the head of a business executive. He rose from being a social work intern to CEO of one of the largest private education companies in the country. He currently runs the special education management and consulting company he founded, dedicated to effecting positive societal change and improving the future prospects of K–12+ students.
Introduction: From One Helping Professional to Another
1So You Don’t Think You’re a Leader, Huh? The Top 10 Reasons You Already Are
2The Rise of Female Power
3Now Is the Time for Individuals to Make Their Mark
4Putting Your Personality Traits to Work for You
5Learn as You Go
6A Spotlight on Leadership in Education
7What Did COVID-19 Teach Us About Getting Through Crises?
8Managing Personnel Issues
9“Money” Isn’t a Bad Word
10Succession Planning & Growth
Conclusion: What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be?
About the Author
Doing Good & Doing Well is a compelling, practical must-read for anyone in the helping professions who dreams of increasing their impact but wonders whether they have what it takes to lead others. Dr. Kaufman makes the case for how the building-block skills of those who devote themselves to the care of others correlates with what is required for effective leaders in today’s organizations. He is a coach, teacher, role model, and cheerleader in this guide for professionals who often undervalue their talents. Dr. Kaufman has done very well in writing this book for all of us “do-gooders” in whose hands the future of humane organizations lies.
I had the pleasure of reading Doing Good & Doing Well, a remarkable book written by Michael Kaufman. The book offers a fresh perspective on leadership through a collection of captivating personal stories that provide valuable lessons and inspiration. A standout feature of this book is the author’s skillful incorporation of personal stories. Each narrative brings the principles of leadership to life, enabling readers to connect with the experience and the challenges faced by the author and the other individuals in the book. I wholeheartedly recommend to professionals, aspiring leaders, and anyone interested in the art and science of leadership. It is a valuable resource that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on its readers.
In a world with enough leaders who manage with laser-sharp focus on the bottom line, kindness, empathy, and compassion are often left at the bottom of the corporate ladder. This guide lights a practical and noble path for the heart to find its way to the top, and stay there. A must-read for any helper who wonders whether they can do more. Inspiring!
In the book Doing Good & Doing Well, Michael Kaufman uses real-life experience with accuracy, honesty, and heart, to remind us that our core values as helpers, and the skills we utilize to revitalize and empower others every day, give us the tools to be skillful, effective, and successful leaders and change-makers in the industry, or any industry. This book is a must-read for any person in a helping role that wants to truly be the change that makes a difference, from the first-year student to the seasoned professional. A must-have in any educational setting, supervision course, internship, or any place where championing and empowering people, and building humanity capital, is the goal. We can do well for ourselves, do good for our lives, be valued and humble helpers.
Dr. Kaufman guest stars in the Spark. N. Stride with Mach podcast where he discusses his book Doing Good and Doing Well, his personal journey to leadership through helping others, and the importance of mental health.
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