What Does It Look Like for a Leader to Love?

Steve, my boss, opened four days of meetings with this question yesterday. When was the last time you heard of a president or CEO breaking the ice like this? The fifteen of us in the room invested an hour discussing acts of loving leadership. These included attentiveness, listening, taking action on what we know is right, doing what we said we would do, building trust by being worthy of it, and creating a safe environment. Steve and his wife Judy personify many, if not most, of these traits. They are easy to follow. Once again I am left with the conclusion that great leadership isn’t rocket science.

October is nearly gone and this will be my only entry for the month. It’s not that I haven’t been reflecting – I have. Just not here.

Today – Halloween – is my spiritual birthday. 34 years ago Ann Pugh shared the gospel with me during a backyard Bible club on a Wednesday afternoon. The felt board she used had a big red heart with a door in the middle. Jesus was willing to enter my heart if I would open the door, confess my need for him, and invite him in. Though only 10 years old, I can remember with astonishing clarity going upstairs that evening, kneeling beside my bed, confessing the crud in my life, and experiencing the flood of forgiveness that flows from the Cross.

Lessons for us: Never underestimate the power of love, or the ability of young people to understand profound, simple truths.

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

2 replies on “What Does It Look Like for a Leader to Love?”

Belated happy spiritual birthday to you! Sounds like that discussion was a great start to your meetings. I have often thought of your reminders to me and others that “leading well is loving well.” Thanks for being a model in that.

thanks for your post Ken.
it is helping me to think more and meditate on what is to be a leader and also i still think of Movements Everywhere in my Campus. Thanks very much.

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