Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Leadership Attributes: C.R.A.V.E -- AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH Dr. Amin Sanaia, DSL, MHA


Dr. Amin Sanaia

Leadership Attributes: CRAVE

Author website: www.draminsanaia.com

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I’m Dr. Amin Sanaia - a professor, servant leader, and an entrepreneur and business consultant dedicated to helping others improve their leadership skills and use them to benefit their communities. I have extensive experience in leadership development and have made it my mission to encourage those in prime positions to wield their power for good. Lastly, as an immigrant myself, I hope to provide more opportunities for minorities and underprivileged individuals and serve as a reminder that, no matter the circumstances, you can achieve long-lasting success and contribute to a better world.

·       I was born in the Dominican Republic

·       I grew up in New York City

·       I obtained my Bachelor’s at Barry University

·       I obtained my Doctorate in Strategic Leadership at Liberty University


What inspired you to author this book?

In being a Servant Leader, I wanted to share my experiences and provide a roadmap to upskill leaders everywhere.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

Career experiences allow me to create the acronym of CRAVE. I wanted to make sure it was the focus of the book.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

My parents have been a great influence in my life. My father for having to make a life-altering decision (integrity) that resulted in my immediate family having to leave our country of origin and relocate to NYC. My father became disabled, and my mother had to work in a sweatshop after becoming a University professor in our country of origin. The struggles we faced were many, but they were a rock!

Professionally I am influenced by John Maxwell. I have a certification as a John Maxwell Coach, Speaker, and Trainer. Also, Adam Grant and Malcolm Gladwell.


What were the struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

I had several struggles. I work in healthcare, and the past three years have been exhausting with this pandemic; this is obvious. Long hours at work. Also, personal life-changing event.

Tell your readers about your book.

Leadership is the greatest responsibility one can carry, but what makes a great leader? There are some who say leaders are born. Others say leaders are molded and developed. One thing is for sure. Being a great leader takes more than a desire to be in charge. It is a full-time commitment where you must understand all there is to know about your subordinates and place them ahead of yourself. How many times have you or your office languished under a lack of guidance or the absence of a strong leader? The sad truth is too many people are promoted into leadership roles without having the proper training or structure to make them and you effective. LEADERSHIP ATTRIBUTES discusses how being a great leader can affect the entire organization and what it means to become one.

There are several key traits defining a great leader:

           • Communication 

           • Respect 

           • Authenticity 

           • Vulnerability 

           • Empathy

The key metrics are discussed in depth with LEADERSHIP ATTRIBUTES as you begin your transition from a good leader to a great one. Everyone is entitled to great leadership; by understanding what that means, you make your team or office better and enhance yourself in ways that payout tenfold. Good leaders are successful, but great leaders can change the world.

Who is your target audience, and why?

Professionals looking to get into leadership positions or ones in leadership positions currently.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?

For me, making my family proud and keeping God at the center of my life. I have numerous achievements, but no one could be possible without God and the support of my loved ones.

My personal motto - Loving People. Loving Self

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

Building Better Leaders & a Better World Nowadays, climbing to the top of metaphorical ladders in one’s career and strategizing ways to do less work for more return is the norm. Not only are such behaviors generally accepted, but they’re also widely encouraged. As a result, people are less likely to lend a helping hand to those in need and use their talents for transformation. Like many of you, I’m no stranger to hardship. As a child, I migrated with my family from the Dominican Republic to New York City, where we faced seemingly endless adversity. Between language barriers and culture shock, I found it difficult to find my footing in such a foreign place and yearned for well-intentioned guidance. Still, I chose to dive headfirst into new challenges and found myself emerging from the other side as a better, more well-rounded person. Now, I’m committed to guiding others to do the same, providing the right strategies to help you achieve your goals, transform your workplace, and positively impact your community.

A People-First Approach As someone with extensive experience as a professor, servant leader, and professional speaker with a John Maxwell Certification, I have honed my mentorship skills with critical attention to detail, experimenting with various techniques and learning from colleagues I admire. As a result, I’ve developed a passion for serving others and galvanizing others to grow their skills and adopt an altruistic mindset that puts people above profits. I lend my expertise to help you navigate obstacles, practice self-improvement, and determine ways you can best serve your community. Whether you dream of starting your own business, need to recalibrate your career path or leverage your strengths for the better, I share valuable insights to help you do so. Together, we forge a symbiotic relationship in which we learn from each other and value opposing opinions.