The Hardest Thing About Leadership

The hardest thing about leadership is actually doing it.

It’s easy to talk about leadership. It’s easy to observe how and when others aren’t leading. Your inbox and social media feeds prove that it is much easier to blog about it, tweet (and retweet) about it, preach about it, publish books about it, convene a conference about it, or judge it.

But to lead well over time in ways that build the people and the institution in the process – that is an art. The creation of art requires courage, patience, inspiration, and diligence. Ultimately each true work of art must be released to the public where it will be experienced, evaluated, and critiqued.

How will the artist in you lead well today?

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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