Pan Macmillan

Gentle Power : A Revolution into how we think, lead and succeed using the Finnish Art of Sisu.


In the book Gentle Power, Dr. Emilia Elisabet Lahti shares an illuminating guide to an emerging shift in the way we define true strength - an approach that balances resolve with reason, grit with compassion, and personal success with service to the collective good.

Lahti uses the concept of sisu, a central philosophy native to Finland, as the foundation for her investigation of gentle power. Drawing from sisu - as well as aikido, Taoism, neuroscience, systems intelligence, and more - she shares an evidence-based approach to help you transform the way you manifest power.

Join her to explore:
- Sisu - its history, its shadow, and the rising global interest in this profound philosophy
- Leadership and power - why toxic myths of power persist, and how we can dismantle them
- The paradox of gentleness - how inner resilience and true influence arise from vulnerability, empathy, and love
- Self-care -why gentle power begins with the way we treat ourselves


192 pages

About the Author

Emilia Elisabet Lahti is an awarded educator, applied psychology researcher, and founder of Sisu Lab and Gentle Power Academy, which build communities and organizational cultures based on everyday leadership as expression of courage and compassion. Her work has been featured by The New Yorker, Business Insider, BBC, and Forbes. Originally from Finland, she’s taught internationally and given talks at Fortune 500 companies, TEDx, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley. For more, see