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Student Leadership Workshop: Mindset of a Servant Leader

Mark Moraitakis, recently appointed member of HCHC’s Board of Trustees and Senior Director, Customer Foresight, at Chick-fil-A, engaged a large audience of students, staff, and faculty in a dynamic workshop on April 27 that was centered on the theme “Mindset of a Servant Leader.” The workshop was sponsored by the Office of Vocation & Ministry and fueled by a delicious Chick-fil-A lunch. 

Mr. Moraitakis, who first worked for Chick-Fil-A as a restaurant cashier, shared insights from his long career with the highly successful company and from his life as a faithful Orthodox Christian. He challenged all of those present to think deeply about what it means to be a servant leader and how best to become one. Among his many thought-provoking statements, he said, “A boss says, ‘Go’; a leader says, ‘Let’s go.’” Comparing skills to a tree, with character as the root system that sustains the tree, he observed that “so often today we coach people on skills, but not on character, and character doesn’t just happen."