Faith | Work | Culture

”Bad attitudes are more contagious than the measles.” Friends, this is one of my favorite quotes from this episode with Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Today, we chat all things about attitude, servant leadership, what it means to be a bold, brave leader in the marketplace, and the intersection of faith & work.

We specifically chat through:

💥 Why our attitude and thinking will become a self-fulfilling prophecy
💥 What Servant Leadership is and why leadership isn’t about you
💥 Why bold, brave leaders don’t win popularity contests
💥 Going to work with God, the intersection of faith & work

I don’t know about you, but as a leader, I want to create an environment, a culture, where people want to be. And as a leader, I’m called to not only create that environment but also help others get there. This episode reminded me of our high calling as leaders, and let me just remind you, you are a leader. We are all leaders and God has placed us where we are today, to faithfully lead. I pray that this episode reminds you of the bold, brave leader that He has created you to be.

Cheryl Bachelder is a passionate, purpose-led business leader — the former CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. From 2007 to 2017, she led the transformation of a tired brand and discouraged organization into a top-performing quick-service restaurant chain. The story of Popeyes success is chronicled in her book Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others. Cheryl’s earlier career included brand leadership roles at Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company, and Procter & Gamble.

Today Cheryl’s aim is to encourage and invest in senior leaders, helping them to understand and implement Dare to Serve leadership in for-profit and non-profit workplaces.

Cheryl serves as a director and chair of the compensation committee at US Foods Holding Corp (USFD). She is currently the lead independent director at Chick-fil-A, Inc. She is an advisor to Procter & Gamble’s franchising venture, Tide Dry Cleaners. She is a member of CEO Forum, an organization that encourages and disciples Christian CEOs and senior leaders. She is a mentor to ministries that develop future Christian leaders: Spring Hill Camps, Crossroad Farms, Work Matters, and CRU.

Cheryl holds a Bachelor and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is married 40+ years to Chris Bachelder and they have three grown daughters, two terrific sons-in-law, and four handsome grandsons. Cheryl and Chris reside in Atlanta, Georgia, and attend Peachtree Church. They are avid learners, fans of the classical education movement, and can always be found reading a good book!

If you missed my first conversation with Cheryl, be sure to listen in! You can find it here, Popeyes, Purpose, and Principles.

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