Last year, Nation's Restaurant News awarded five leading executives with the annual Golden Chain award, representing outstanding leadership and brand stewardship. Each honoree was interviewed by a former Golden Chain winner in a top-to-top discussion covering strategies for success, brand victories and challenges and how best to motivate teams.

In this exclusive audio clip, Chick-fil-A chair and CEO Dan Cathy (he was president and chief operating officer at the time of the interview), is interviewed by Cheryl Bachelder, chief executive of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc., who won a Golden Chain award in 2012. NRN editor-in-chief Sarah Lockyer facilitated the interviews.

Condensed versions of these interviews were published last year. NRN is now making the full interviews available in audio format in an exclusive series, Lessons in Leadership, available on and podcasting platform SoundCloud.

More Lessons in Leadership:

Kelly C. Baltes, Cheddar's Casual Cafe: Striving for greatness
Ray Blachette, Joe's Crab Shack: Taking on challenges and changes
Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike's: Building a growing chain
Michael Hislop, Corner Bakery: Business and career evolution