Greg Countryman didn’t make it from special-ed student to quadruple-degreed college graduate, professor, and now sheriff of Muscogee County, Georgia, without gaining some important insights along the way. This week the three-decade law enforcement veteran talks with Paul Amos about his personal journey, the challenges one faces as a high-profile public servant, and the hallmarks of good leadership. One key is knowing when to be willing to compromise, but there are some things, he says, that you should never compromise on—first and foremost, putting the Lord first and striving to do things “God’s way, not your way.”
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2:34—Greg’s background and personal journey
7:16—The beliefs that guide Greg’s life
15:14—Greg’s thoughts on leadership and building relationships
24:36—Leadership as a public figure—trying to make a positive impact on the community
27:48—Redemption and giving up control to God
30:56—Greg’s lessons for leaders/What he wants his legacy to be