Dino Cattaneo

Welcome to Authentic Leadership for Everyday People, the podcast that investigates the connection between effective leadership and authenticity. In my show my guests are asked to share their story, be authentic, transparent and vulnerable. It is only fair that I do the same for them and for you, my listeners. This is part two of the episodes where I am turning the microphone over to my new friend Randy Wilburn, who will ask me the same questions I ask my guests. How do I define authenticity? What is my definition of success? What makes a good leader?
If you want to know how Randy ended up as my interviewer, go to the previous episode. Short story, Randy and I met this summer at Podcast Movement (a podcasting conference), and we totally hit it off. In part 1 we focused on my story, my definition of authenticity, and how I measure success. This episode is all about leadership, and specifically how my view of leadership evolved as my career progressed, and the mentors and leaders who shaped me. We touch about what a few situations that didn’t go as planned taught me. One area that is particularly meaningful to me, is the conversation about mental health and how going through a serious episode of depression 20 years ago impacted many of my choices. Finally, we cover the personal passions and the business jargon that drives me crazy.
Key Takeaways
[02:37] – What do you consider your leadership style to be?
[05:23] – I was always treated as an equal, my voice was treated as an equal.
[07:41] – You don’t always have to be the smartest person in the room.
[09:40] – As a leader you have the responsibility to set direction, and then you have the responsibility to make the decision, and you have the responsibility to understand the style of the people that work for you.
[12:10] – It’s your responsibility as a leader, to serve your team.
[13:43] – Not only do you need to fundamentally understand your leadership style but you need to understand leadership styles of people around you. That will make for a much better work environment.
[16:22] – When things just didn’t go your way, what were the challenges and what were the lessons learned from that personal crisis or failure?
[18:41] – It does matter for me, in terms of the work that I do, the amount of belief that I have in the actual work.
[21:42] – I’m curious to know, were you able to go through or did you participate in any type of therapy?
[23:22] – I think getting help, having a sounding board, having somebody that you can actually talk to, to walk you through these situations is critically important for our mental and our physical well being.
[25:01] – I want you to give three leadership tips for our listeners.
[26:24] – I think we all have a lot more career and life in front of us than we perceive.
[28:12] – What are some of your passions outside of the workspace and how do they shape the leader that you are?
[31:20] – Certain keywords that are so overused they become hollow, and I have several in my head right now, but which ones are the ones that bother you the most and what images do they conjure up?
[33:07] – I think one of the most important questions to ask, this whole idea of food for the body or food for the soul, which one would you choose?
[35:54] – These are people that are really unhappy with their state, their station in life but they are starting to do something about it.
[38:07] – What did it feel like being on the other side of the equation when it came to the interview?
Authentic Leadership For Everyday People / Dino Cattaneo
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