Dan Cathy of ChickfilA

In 2013, Dan Cathy took over Chick-fil-A Inc. from his father, the late S. Truett Cathy, who founded the company in the early 1960s.

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Dan Cathy, chairman, president and CEO of Chick-fil-A Inc., keeps a runner’s baton in his leadership toolbox to remind him “that success is really all about succession, and one day, all leaders have to hand off the baton.”

The toolbox and its various possessions are props in a series of leadership videos by Cathy posted on the Cathy family website that is separate from the company website. Among Cathy’s tools is a railroad spike — “stay on trac

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