ATLANTA, Georgia (March 8, 2016) – Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership announced that Francis S. “Frank” Blake, former Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, will be the 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Leadership Character. The award recognizes exceptional leaders who exemplify the highest standards of character, integrity, and servant leadership over a lifetime of organizational service and service to the larger community.
Before retiring in January 2015, Mr. Blake held his position as Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot since 2007. Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2002, he served as senior vice president of General Electric, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, general counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency, deputy counsel to Vice President George Bush, and law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Mr. Blake graduated from Harvard University and earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. In addition to his work in business and public service, Mr. Blake has been actively involved on the boards of multiple organizations including Delta Airlines, Proctor & Gamble, the Georgia Aquarium and Grady Hospital. Most recently he joined the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees and was named the Lead Director on Delta’s board.
“We are elated that Frank has agreed to allow Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership to honor him with this well-deserved award. For many years, I’ve viewed Frank Blake as not only one of the best CEOs in Atlanta, but also one of best nationally and globally. Atlanta and The Home Depot have been very fortunate to have had Frank Blake’s leadership and presence. Frank’s persistent quest for excellence, anchored and strengthened by his integrity and genuine humility, provide all of us a stellar role model at the highest level of leadership,” shares Bob Turknett, CEO, Turknett Leadership Group.
“Frank Blake is widely regarded as a man of great humility. Within a week of taking the reigns as CEO of Home Depot, Blake adopted the company’s co-founders’ leadership philosophy of the inverted pyramid; with himself at the bottom with an intense focus on employees and customers,” said Pat Falotico, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.
“Frank Blake embodies the true elements of the Turknett Lifetime Achievement Award! What has always impressed me is his authenticity, sincerity and integrity wherever he is – whether he is wearing his orange apron in the middle of a Home Depot store or speaking with investors on Wall Street – he brings the same humble, smart, committed, connected demeanor which elicits trust and respect. Frank’s leadership characteristics align with the primary thesis of the Turknett Leadership Character model: Frank is true to his values at all times and all places and with all people!” said Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates.
The Leadership Character Awards are presented by the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in partnership with Turknett Leadership Group. The fourth Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented as part of the 12th Leadership Character Awards luncheon on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Georgia Aquarium. Nominations for all other award categories open at www.LeadershipCharacterAwards.org on March 1, 2016.
About the Leadership Character Awards
Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized individuals and companies who display character in leadership in accordance with the Leadership Character Model. Across Georgia, over 75 leaders and companies have been recognized since the Leadership Character Awards began. The Advisory Board of the Leadership Character Awards includes Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates and former Director for IBM of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, Tom Crawford, retired Chairman and CEO of Crawford & Company and a 2007 Turknett Leadership Character Award winner, David Ratcliffe, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Company, Conchita Robinson, President and CEO, C. Robinson Associates, Inc. and, Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emeritus and Endowed Chair of leadership, ethics, and character, Kennesaw State University. In 2014, the Turknett Leadership Group entered into a partnership with the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership to present the awards together. The 2016 Leadership Character Awards will be presented by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in partnership with the Turknett Leadership Group and will be held on October 4, 2016 at the Georgia Aquarium.
About The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership
Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and launched the modern servant leadership movement. Today the Greenleaf Center nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please visit www.greenleaf.org.
About Turknett Leadership Group
TLG’s expertise is Leadership. With over 25 years’ experience, TLG is Atlanta’s premier resource for Executive Coaching, Talent Assessment, Leadership Team Development, Culture Assessment and Change, and more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model™, TLG helps organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures. To find out more, visit www.turknett.com.
Bianca Wirth, Director of Consulting Services