Breaking Barriers, Generating Change
For years now, Monia has been instrumental in assisting a myriad of organizations and leading financial groups. Her skill and expertise in the field have not just led to her being recognized as an extraordinary compliance lawyer, but also one who has been responsible for breaking down barriers in the present-day workplace.
A successful woman of the twenty-first century, Monia believes that the gender or identity of a person does not matter to become a good leader. “Irrespective if there is a woman or man in charge, it takes a sum of factors for someone to be considered a good leader.”
“It is however true that female leaders bring a unique perspective to the workplace. Compared to male leaders, females in charge are more inclined to a collaborative leadership style. Their predilection for active listening and being understanding makes them less autocratic leaders. They easily build trust and empathy for others and are naturally inclined to be more flexible. Also, women are hardworking and rather quick to bounce back, sometimes showing more resilience and determination than men. If you look at how many women are mastering the art of balancing between family and their job, one can say that having a female leader may be the key to a successful business.”
In her entire career, Monia has stayed a cut above the rest by steering clear of prejudices and letting her work talk for itself. Behind all her success, there has been the constant driver of ambition, perseverance, self-confidence, and humility, which have propelled Monia to where she is today. Monia feels that a major part of being a good leader is often putting yourself out of your comfort zone and successfully navigating your way through it. “With the proper determination and the right mixture of favorable circumstances, one can do whatever they want in life.”
For Monia, creative thinking is the cradle to all the great ideas in history. To nurture this, the leaders at Muşat & Asociaţii believe in giving due credit and recognition to their lawyers. Another remarkable aspect of Monia’s own team management approach is the exclusive connection that she maintains with her team. “I am in permanent connection with my team, and believe that one cannot build an organizational culture without people.”
Once Upon a Time
The first of her family to pursue Law, Monia’s decision to go to law school was taken during her last years of high school. “My father was a doctor, my mother, a pharmacist, my grandparent’s generation – all working in education, so the family had no representative in the legal field. And I decided to be the pioneer for this practice.”
During her second year of law school, Monia was already breaking ground, which presented her with the opportunity to meet the Mușat team. She was so impressed by their conduct – their professionalism and working environment, that she immediately joined them, and nearly 20 years down the line today, she remains an indispensable part of Mușat & Asociaţii.
“I have been through all stages of a business lawyer’s career, from a junior lawyer to finally becoming a partner to the business. I learned to work in a team, to organize myself and my work, to meet deadlines, to deal with sensitive cases, and eventually to lead other lawyers and be an example for them.”
Looking back, Monia has deep admiration and gratitude for her parents for being her biggest and most fervent supporters in life. “I was lucky enough to have a supportive family and the opportunity to work in a big reputable law firm. But a lot of determination, hard work, and resilience were a good addition to my luck.” A successful working mom, for Monia, her son is her world. “We have a close relationship and try to always stay positive, even when the world is showing its teeth at us. My son is the leading supporter of what I do,” smiles Monia.
During her downtime from work, Monia can be found spending time understanding and uplifting the multi-cultural environment around her. She also likes to read and explore the countryside, spending as much time as possible outdoors in the natural wilderness, trekking, and going for alluring nature walks.
On the Table
In the end, for Monia and her firm, the client always comes first. Over its many innovative years in business, Muşat & Asociaţii has become one of the most respected law firms in Romania, positioning itself as a genuine market leader of business and commercial law. The firm continues to stand at the forefront of the country’s legal and business development, providing ground-breaking work and launching new areas of practice in the most diverse markets.
The firm remains focused on further developing value-added, tailor-made legal services, aimed at enabling its clients’ business progress in a legally sound environment. With the aim to maintain a solid and professional team, diversify their legal services, identify new opportunities and nurture new capabilities and skills, even after 30 years, for this team of lawyers, the best is surely yet to come.