S. Truett Cathy: Character in Leadership

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OM5015
Dr. Jean Perlman

Organizational Behavior
Assignment 6

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Character and Its Influence in Leadership
Jeffrey L. Boyer
Dr. Jean Perlman
North Central University
August 5, 2010

Abstract S. Truett Cathy (Truett Cathy) is the founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A, Inc. that currently operates as the second largest quick-serve chicken restaurant in the United States. The goal of this paper is to bring to light the influence, effectiveness and most importantly the character of one of the most endearing CEO’s in the United States. The paper provides a detailed overview of Mr. Cathy’s achievements in business, and provides a personal perspective from Mr. Cathy what he felt were the most important principles for developing a great business. A review of Truett Cathy’s character traits results in a discussion of some of the most important traits in correlation to his success such as, integrity,



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