The Keys to Leadership

There’s an old saying about the difference between a manager and a leader: “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things.” At 600 Global, we recognize how vital great leaders are. As a leader, part of your job is to inspire the people around you to push themselves – and, in turn, the company – to greatness. Leadership can be a struggle to develop, as there are intrinsic qualities that are tough to cultivate. But if you’re willing to face the challenge, and follow these guidelines, then you’ll be on the right path to becoming the leader your business needs to succeed.

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Lead By Example

Actions really do speak louder than words. Good leadership takes a strong character and a firm commitment to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. This means doing what you say when you say it. If your team can’t trust you, you’ll probably never lead them to greatness. Find ways to energize, motivate and show confidence in your team with the belief they can do anything they set their minds to. At 600 Global we lead by example and when you lead by example, you create a picture of what’s possible. People can look at you and say, “Well, if they can do it, I can do it.” You must be willing to do the things you preach about.

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Take responsibility

Deflecting blame is no way to build trust. Not only is owning up to our actions the right thing to do, but it can often overcome negative consequences. Business growth involves taking risks that don’t always pan out. Be willing to stand up for your employees and their decisions when expectations aren’t met. This will motivate your employees to feel they can accomplish what’s needed to achieve the organization’s goals. Be credible – people want to follow an honest leader. Be candid about why things didn’t work out, learn from the mistake and move on. People will trust someone who actively displays honesty.

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
― Winston S. Churchill

Show confidence in your decisions

There is a rumor circulating that those who are confident are never afraid; that they confidently walk into the line of fire with no fear. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone has fears especially those who have to make big decisions. However, a leader that is technically qualified for the position, but lacks confidence, will find it difficult to lead others. Confidence is a state of mind and is the fundamental basis from which leadership grows. At 600 Global we know how vital it is for our leaders to maintain their confidence so that our business team as a whole remains calm, cool and collected.

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Becoming a better leader means growing your expertise in whatever industry or niche you’re in; being willing – and able – to share your insights with those around you; being good at not only sharing your expertise and insights, but also at teaching others how to apply them so they don’t make the same mistakes; and being someone who your followers can trust and view as an authority figure. Our leaders at 600 Global have made a world of difference in our company by taking responsibility, remaining confident in their decision making and leading by example.

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The Keys to Leadership

Employee Reviews 600 Global Experience

600 Global in Phoenix, Arizona is a breeding ground for success. Their hands-on training, internal career advancement program, as well as their dedicated management team, has created a culture around personal and professional development. We’ve seen that even that least experienced individual can be extremely successful at this firm if they are willing to put in the work and operate with integrity. Recently, we had a chance to meet one of these employees. His name is Shawn Cannata and he has been working with the company for about one year. Our main objective was to hear, first hand, the type of things has learned while working here. And that we did, check it out!

So, Shawn, you’ve been working at 600 Global for a year now, what have you taken away that you are applying both professionally and personally?

“Since working here I have definitely grown personally and professionally. The biggest thing I am seeing in my personal life is that I am overall more confident in myself and my abilities. I’m now able to coach and develop other people in their career as well as in things in their personal lives. I’ve truly developed into a strong leader.”

That’s awesome! Since you mentioned that you are now able to coach others in their career, what would you say is the biggest career lesson that you have learned so far?

“I feel the most important thing I’ve learned is that anyone can be successful if they put their mind to it (what you think about, you become.) It’s all about loving what you do and having purpose. There’s no seniority and unlimited growth opportunities for those willing to work hard to accomplish their goals here. I love the people and the company I work for and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

So there you have it, folks. One employee’s experiences at 600 Global and how it’s taken him from an entry level profession to a confident, poised leader ready to attack his goals. If you are looking for an opportunity in the Phoenix area, we strongly suggest that you take a look at their openings on CareerBuilder.

Employee Reviews 600 Global Experience

3 Leadership Quotes from Inspirational Women in Honor of Women’s Month

As we move closer to Women’s Month, 600 Global is wrapping up our series of quotes from impressive business women. Enjoy the last of our 3-part series! (If you missed the first two you can read them here and here.)

“The best way to leapfrog in your career is to get advice from someone who’s done what you’re trying to accomplish. It helps clear all the doubt.” — Heather Anne Carson, Co-Founder, Repable

This is exactly our philosophy at 600 Global. We’re so fortunate to work in a ‘people helping people’ business in which we are able to learn from those who have been there before us. By relying on the wisdom and experiences of our mentors we are able to avoid making so many mistakes that would delay our success. The best way to move up quickly is to learn from those who have been there before you — so have a great student mentality and be ready to learn from your mentors!

“Our emerging workforce is not interested in command-and-control leadership. They don’t want to do things because I said so; they want to do things because they want to do them.” — Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Mondel

We happen to completely agree. Real leadership is about authentic influence which is only achieved through providing value to your people. No one wants to listen to a leader they don’t respect, and no one wants to hear “because I said so” as the reason to comply. The way to manage an effective team is to demonstrate through action and through example that you know what you’re talking about. When your people truly believe that it’s in their best interest to listen to your advice and direction, that’s when you know that you’re a real leader.

“What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.” — Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

Leadership is about empowering others, not about showing off your own status. The better you can become at helping the people around you succeed, the stronger a leader you will become yourself. Give responsibility and recognition to those who earn it. Don’t be afraid to let one of your team members outshine you.

That wraps up our 3-part series! For more from 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ) connect with us on LinkedIn!

3 Leadership Quotes from Inspirational Women in Honor of Women’s Month