Ep 08: Establishing Authentic Leadership with Nancy Simms

By Published On: June 6, 2023Categories: Podcast1.5 min read

What does it take to lead and preserve a legendary fast-food institution through generations? In this episode, we sit down with Nancy Simms, the CEO of The Varsity, one of Atlanta’s most historic and iconic restaurants. Nancy unexpectedly took over the reins in 1983 and is now preparing to pass on the leadership to the 3rd and 4th generations. Join us as we explore the secrets behind establishing authentic leadership and ensuring a successful transition in businesses.

Listen in as Nancy shares her inspiring journey, recounting the skepticism she faced and the strategies she employed to win the trust of her team and skeptics alike. Learn about the importance of building consensus, fostering a strong team dynamic, and embracing authentic leadership. Gain insights into making tough decisions while valuing the voices of your team members and community. This episode is a guide to taking over the reins of a legendary brand and leaving your own mark.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How Nancy felt when she was chosen to take over The Varsity.
  • What it was like to transition into a leadership position unexpectedly.
  • How Nancy established a level of trust with her employees.
  • When Nancy felt as though she was ready to lead the team.
  • The importance of having a good team around you.
  • Why it is essential to remain authentic to who you are.
  • The importance of being consistent in all that you do.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

  • “As a new entrepreneur, you need to have people who have experience and talents that you may not necessarily have to surround yourself with.” – Nancy Simms
  • “It takes stubbornness and it takes anger sometimes to take care of a situation and to take care of your business.” – Nancy Simms
  • “You need to be consistent in all that you do.” Nancy Simms

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