Jim Blanchard joins The Redeemed Man podcast. Jim Blanchard is the former CEO and chair of Synovus Corporation and current chair of JBA Capital. Blanchard has left his distinct mark on the state of Georgia as a business and civic leader, but a true leader, he says, measures his effectiveness not by the number of people he’s made to do his bidding but by whether those people feel supported, empowered, and appreciated. That concept of servant leadership that has guided him in his life and career is applicable to people in all industries and all walks of life, he says, as it brings us closer to the model of the original servant leader—Jesus Christ himself. “In the gospels, Jesus is quoted as saying, ‘I came to serve, not be served,’ ” Blanchard says. “We have seen what self-serving leaders do and the chaos that they can produce, and we have a desperate need for a change in the leadership model toward the kind of servant leadership that was modeled by Jesus during His lifetime and His ministry.”
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