Jim Lientz brings over 45 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors to his coaching methods. At Safe Harbor Consulting, he focuses on two key areas: working with executives to improve their leadership skills and ambitions, and helping them increase their understanding of how a senior leader fits into and interacts with the larger company culture.
His own work experience includes time as the President of C&S Bank of South Carolina, the President of NationsBank of Georgia, and the President of the Mid-South Division of Bank of America. He was the first-ever Chief Operating Officer for the State of Georgia, from 2003 to 2010, and he currently holds numerous Board positions in the banking and financial services sectors.
As a leadership coach, Jim focuses on helping existing senior executives fine-tune their roles and leadership skills so they can work with their employees and other executives as effectively as possible and also gain a meaningful relationship with their board members. He also helps these individuals determine if they want to continue moving up in a company and, if so, what steps to take to realize that ambition.
Jim’s time spent in large organizations also makes him a valuable guide when it comes to learning how to keep big companies moving in a positive direction. This aspect of his coaching focuses on helping executives — some of whom may oversee thousands of individuals — improve their communication skills with the rest of the organization. He also helps executives build company cultures where accountability, trust, and teamwork are the number one priority.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. An outdoorsman at heart, he enjoys quail hunting and golf as hobbies and spends a great deal of time with his 10 grandchildren.