Truth Tellers

Authentic Relationships

Leaders need encouragement, but they also need to know the nitty-gritty truth about their leadership and organization. In this post, produced in partnership with Soderquist Leadership, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy talks to leaders about seeking authentic feedback and accountability. Dan Cathy is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Chick-fil-A, the largest quick-serve chicken restaurant chain and one of the largest family owned businesses in the United States.

Who in your company do you trust to tell you the truth about your business and hold you accountable to your actions? Who else could you include in your circle of truth tellers?
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Describe a time when someone you trust told you something about your leadership or organization that has helpful, but painful to hear. How did you respond? What changed after that?
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Dan shared the example of Undercover Boss to describe how disengaged many leaders are with their employees. What do you know about the daily struggles of your team members, even those at the “lowest” level? How could you foster a more engaging and authentic environment in your organization?
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It is a gift to have people who can speak truth to your leadership and organization. Consider taking a moment today to thank those people in your life. 

Content from this post was taken from the course Effective Leadership in the Marketplace. To view the entire course, click here.  

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