Today’s guest is Boyd Bailey, President of National Christian Foundation Georgia, whose mission is mobilizing resources by inspiring biblical generosity. Boyd is also the author of Wisdom Hunters devotionals and the founder of Wisdom Hunters, Inc., an Atlanta-based ministry created to encourage Christians (a.k.a., wisdom hunters) to apply God’s unchanging Truth in a changing world. Boyd and his wife, Rita, have been married for 37 years and live in Atlanta, Georgia.
His wife loves to hike, and he loves to travel so three years ago they took a trip to Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to France. He says:
It’s a beautiful demographic of mountains and water and…little villages with these paths along the way, and so we hiked for seven days and met new friends from Australia, from Italy, from New York, from Atlanta, and it was magical. We grew in our own relationship, met some cool people, enjoyed God’s creation, good food and drink.
In this episode Boyd answers the following CEO Questions:
- Who has inspired you most in your leadership and how did they influence where you are today?
“I think when I was 30 years old, I was really feeling the need to grow in leadership, you know…in your 20s you know enough to be dangerous, in your 30s you are starting to realize how much you don’t know, and there was a man who was a retired business person, his name was George Morgan…He was the church administrator…I was intrigued because of his humility, his leadership at the church, how he loved his family, his children, his wife, and just how he carried himself with his character. And so I took him to lunch one day, and I took my long yellow legal pad…and I said, ‘George, I really admire your walk with Christ and your role as a husband, as a dad, as a leader. Will you kinda give me your nuggets, give me your wisdom around your philosophy of leadership?’ And I’m expecting all these bullets and main points and all this, and…he said, ‘Well, Boyd, I really don’t know other than for ten years I read a chapter of Proverbs every day, so there’s 31 chapters, and so that fits with the calendar, so every day that chapter,’ he said, ‘it was uncanny how whatever I was reading for that day, would then give me wisdom related to finances or relationship, or business, or family, or health, whatever it might be. God used his Word to direct me in my life.’ And so he didn’t realize he was doing this, but I felt God challenging me then for the next 10 years to do the same thing.”
- What is your greatest leadership asset, and what are you doing to invest into that?
“A healthy marriage. What I mean by that is so many times I’ve heard these stories of men going home and instead of being emotionally energized and emotionally encouraged, the majority of the time some of my friends or some people I’ve known over the years, they’ll go home and be emotionally depleted because of conflict or challenge or issues or just having an unhealthy home environment, an unhealthy marriage. And then unfortunately when they are in the workplace, they are so depleted there is no emotional intelligence to be able to engage with their team and serve their team because they have nothing to give because they’ve not received anything at home. I’ve been blessed.”
- What would you say to that CEO or that leader who does not have a healthy marriage? How would you encourage them?
“A business man challenged me probably 25 years ago and said, ‘Boyd, I see that you are very intentional about your work and doing a good job. But do you have a business plan for your marriage?’ I never had thought about it in those terms. I’ve thought about well, ‘That’ll just take care of itself if I’m successful in the workplace, that will just kinda bleed over into the home and cause success.’ But what I learned was it is just the opposite. If I’m not intentional or have a game plan or business plan for my marriage and for my family, just like at work, if I don’t have a game plan, objectives, goals, tactics to execute, then it won’t happen. So how I spend my time and focus in being intentional in my marriage will determine the outcomes that I have in my relationship.”
- What is the biggest decision you have faced as a CEO, and how did you navigate that challenge?
“I knew one day I would be transitioning out of the organization that I helped start, I was one of the co-founders of Ministry Ventures in 1999, but I knew there would come a day where it would be time for the younger guys to take the reins and to take over, but I don’t think I was completely prepared for that, so three or four years before I made the transition out, I had to come up with a succession plan…I realized this was one of the biggest decisions I would ever make, with me to step aside and let the next generation of leaders step up.”
- What energizes your life?
“Getting quiet. What I mean by that is it’s really having silence so I’m able to manage the noise. Otherwise the noise will manage me.”
“Make sure you have people like Russell in your life, that you can process your thinking, that you can process your pain, that you can process whatever it is that’s on your heart and mind. Men like Russell Verhey are invaluable, and make sure you are intentional to pray and have those people in your life.”