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413: All the Great Leaders Work on Themselves - Anthony Amunategui
Episode 41320th February 2023 • Leadership Is Changing • Denis Gianoutsos.
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In this episode, Denis talks to Amunategui, the founder of CDO Group - a national commercial construction firm - about his 35-year journey from being a redneck kid to a successful leader. Anthony shares his experience of being invited to Chicago for a job opportunity and the amazing opportunities it opened up for him. He talks about why it’s important to surround yourself with people who will tell you the truth and how he was able to make it through tough times in the economy due to his team. He also shares how he was inspired by Leonidas from the story of the 300 Spartans and how we can use their example to lead with integrity, grace, and love for our people. Anthony also dives into how technology has changed the construction industry and how leaders need to take responsibility for their employees to succeed. Tune in as we explore the importance of resilience, self-reflection, and embracing change!

In this episode:

  • From redneck kid to leader: how one man's journey led to success in the construction business
  • The key to success as an entrepreneur and leader
  • Understanding leadership in the Digital Age: how to support your team through change
  • Changing the game: how leaders can adapt to a fast-paced world and support employees

Main takeaways:

  • The future of our game is not doing it the old way, but doing it differently
  • As an entrepreneur, your job is to "don't die" and keep the company alive no matter what
  • Don't get caught up in ego and lies; have people around you who can tell you the truth
  • Leaders must have grace for their people as they go through changes
  • Leaders need to guide employees and have their back when they are taking risks
  • Leaders need to have a vision and be focused on the present moment
  • Leaders should not bring personal baggage into the workplace


"Your job is to remember, just keep fighting. You gotta make sure the company lives to fight another day." - Denis Gianoutsos

"If you can stay in grace and love them up as they go through and see them for what they're going through, that's the best gift we can give them as a leader." - Denis Gianoutsos

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