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How to Become a Corporate Leader

Episode overview

On today’s episode, Pete interviews Dr. Gary Montoute, an IT leader with more than 25 years of team-building success in professional services, global outsourcing, hospitality, and healthcare.

Dr. G’s  leadership expertise has transcended from the corporations he has served through many years as a soccer coach and a 40-year veteran in the martial arts arena. He is the co-founder of LeMontoute Group, where he coaches tenured leaders as well as the up-and-coming to become impactful and unforgettable trailblazers wherever they are planted.

Pete and Gary dive into the generational, societal, and parenting shifts that impact today’s young adults. They share personal experiences and make recommendations for aspiring professionals to follow for success in life and business. From start to finish, this lively discussion is as entertaining as it is educational!

51 minutes

Tips on how to become a corporate leader

1. Embrace continuous learning opportunities

To become a corporate leader, you must adopt a continuous learning and self-improvement mindset. This involves staying abreast of industry trends, developing new skills, and seeking feedback for personal and professional growth. Leaders are not just born; they are made through the relentless pursuit of knowledge, adaptability to change, and a deep understanding of their field.

2. Improve your emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the cornerstone of effective leadership. It enables leaders to connect with their teams, navigate complex interpersonal dynamics, and foster a positive work environment. By developing empathy, self-awareness, and regulation, aspiring leaders can build strong relationships and motivate their teams toward achieving common goals.

3. Lead by example

True leadership is demonstrated through actions, not just words. By embodying the values, work ethic, and integrity you wish to see in your team, you set a powerful example for others to follow. Commit to transparency, accountability, and excellence in your own work, and you’ll inspire those around you to do the same, cultivating a culture of trust and mutual respect.

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About Pete Newsome

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Pete Newsome is the President and founder of zengig, which he created after spending two decades in staffing and recruiting. He’s also the founder of 4 Corner Resources, the nationally acclaimed and award-winning staffing and recruiting firm he started out of a home office in 2005. Pete’s primary mission back then was the same as it is today: to do business in a personal way; with a commitment to zengig becoming the most comprehensive source of expert advice, tools, and resources for career growth and happiness. When he’s not in the office or spending time with his family of six, you can find Pete sharing his career knowledge and expertise through public speaking, writing, and as the host of the Finding Career Zen & Hire Calling podcasts.