Samule Truett Cathy: Founding and Chairman Emeritus of Chic-Fil-A Inc.

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The purpose of this paper is to summarize Module 5 of the AOL program, specifically group 226, through the evaluation of a contemporary Christian leader. In this paper I will discuss the contemporary Christian leader I have selected, analyze their effectiveness in business performance, and discuss how they have inspired me. I will also talk about what I have learned from this module that most benefited me. My hope is that through this paper, my readers will have a broadened scope of Christianity in our contemporary world. Contemporary Leader The leader that I chose to research is Samuel Truett Cathy, the founder and chairman emeritus of Chic-Fil-A, Inc. Cathy has been featured in magazines like Forbes and Business Insider for his success in the fast food industry. Though Chic-Fil-A as a company has had some ups and downs, particularly with the emphasized reaction to Cathy’s stance against gay marriage, the company this man founded and supported over the years was the ninth most successful in the United States in 2012, and is now the second most successful in the nation, next to McDonalds. (McConnell, A. Bhasin, K. 2012). Slowly but surely this establishment has gained popularity and respect through the states. The reason I chose Cathy as my leader is because I admire his passion for excellence, and his fearlessness of society, reflected through his company. I believe that the true success of the little chicken joint from Hapeville, Georgia, with 45 consecutive years of positive sales growth, setting itself apart by pioneering innovations and delicious products, is all this thanks to Samuel Truett Cathy. Effectiveness Both Cathy’s personal life and business expectation are based on hard work, humility, and Biblical princi... ... middle of paper ... ... Cathy, I analyzed his effectiveness in business performance, and discuss how he has inspired me. I also talked about what I learned from this module that most benefited me: openly asking questions. My hope is that through this paper, my readers will gain a broadened scope of Christianity in our contemporary world, through the example of what Larry showed us Biblical leadership looks like. This class has, by far, been my favorite class attended at MidAmerica, and I will never forget the encouragement, wisdom, or joy I received from it. Works Cited McConnell, A., & Bhasin, K. (2012, July). RANKED: The Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants in America [Electronic version]. Business Insider. Unknown. Company Fact Sheet: Company Overview. (2014). In chic-fil-a.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014 Unknown. Executive Biographies . (2014). In chic-fil-a.com. Retrieved May 1, 2014.

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