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  • Concrete Examples
  • Engaging
  • Inspiring


A guru to leaders and self-styled Buddhist and Jungian thinker, Jerry Colonna discusses how to become a better leader by examining yourself to find the “brokenhearted warrior” within. In this part memoir and part reflection, Colonna aims to “reboot” leaders who feel lost and confused. He offers personal stories of his struggles as a successful venture capital leader and discusses powerful people in tech and finance. For reflection, he supplies recollections and aphorisms from great thinkers. He intends to teach leaders to find strength in their vulnerability.

About the Author

Jerry Colonna is the co-founder of the executive coaching and leadership development company Reboot and its podcast, The Reboot Podcast. An active philanthropist, he is a former venture capitalist.


Find out the “why” to learn the “how” of great leadership.

In Colonna’s metaphor, becoming a true leader is a quest to grow up. He urges you to ask hard questions about who you are and why you are. This “radical self-inquiry” may lead to places where you’ve been stuck and scared. Trapped in self-criticism, you may fear living as your authentic self without knowing how to ask for help. Colonna suggests that as you master practical leadership skills you should share your experience as a guide to becoming a more resilient leader.

Work gives your life meaning, but Colonna notes that it also can cause suffering. Work feeds and shelters you and the people you love, but if you can’t understand the why of who you are, you won’t be able to accept uncertainty in pursuing the perfectly executed how. Stop striving, and allow yourself to be. As he says, “In the space between our memories and the stories we create about ourselves, we live our lives.” That calls for infusing sacredness into your work, and nurturing other people who want to be leaders. 

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