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Video: McChrystal says “Listen, learn…then lead.”

“I came to believe that a leader isn’t good because they’re right. They’re good because they’re willing to learn and to trust.” – General Stanley McChrystal, TED talk

General Stanley McChrystal explains how a rapidly changing environment requires a different kind of leadership today than even one decade ago. If you feel overwhelmed or like you are herding cats in your institution, you will appreciate McChrystal’s comments on leading in a flatter, younger, faster world. Worthy of note: This week the Pentagon vindicated General McChrystal and expressed support of him in spite of Obama’s relieving him of command following an unflattering magazine article last year.

If the US Army, as one of the world’s largest hierarchical institutions, is aggressively pursuing this shift, what does that mean for the rest of us?

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

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