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CEO Of Torchy’s Tacos GJ Hart Offers His 6 Strategies For Effective Leadership

Source | | Don Yaeger

GJ Hart watched his parents take risks. First, as immigrants who left their native Netherlands for a better life in the United States, then as nose-to-the-grindstone workers who made the most of opportunity. Their lessons taught him that to find a better place he had to be similarly willing to take chances. Hart says he can barely remember a time growing up when he wasn’t working at some small job, always with the goal of advancing. 

Hart was talented enough at basketball to attract interest from colleges, but he passed on college sports because he needed to work while in school, something he was able to do at James Madison University. Making that choice allowed him to send much-needed checks home to support his family.

In a recent episode of the Corporate Competitor Podcast, Hart shared the journey that took him from hanging turkeys at a poultry farm to pay his way through college, to co-owning the farm eight years later, and to a career at, or near, the top of every organization he’s been with. And guess what? “There’s a reason why it’s narrow at the top,” Hart noted. “It takes courage to put yourself out there and put the organization out there, willing to go against the tide and do what it takes to define success and attain it.”

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