KA cycling Maine 2014Q: Why this blog, On Leading Well?

A: Every human endeavor stands or falls on leadership. I’ve been observing leaders and studying leadership for over three decades. I’ve witnessed good leaders, bad leaders, great leaders and a handful of extraordinary leaders. It’s my conviction that anyone can lead well within their sphere of influence if they care enough about people and keep learning.

Q: Who is your target audience?

A: Anyone who aspires to lead better and can read English. I write most posts with an international audience in mind. Ann and I lived overseas for 13 years and have treasured friends on each continent. My current job scope encompasses serving and strengthening leaders around the world. Much of my content flows from conversations and questions raised by these friends.

My Story

My calling and passion in life is to serve and strengthen God’s leaders.

I met Ann at age 7 and married her 3 weeks after graduating from the University of Texas. Since then our approach to life has been: When in doubt about the will of God, take the path on which the shadow of the Cross falls. We’ve been enjoying a journey of reckless abandonment in following Jesus ever since. Along the way I picked up a Masters in Arts from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University. Cycling, photography, and playing electric guitar fuel my creative side.

I currently serve as Vice President of Global Digital Strategies with Cru, a global non-profit touching every country in the world. If you lead over a large scope you might be interested in my book CLOSE: Leading Across Distance and Cultures.

You can read a lot more about my life, interests, and friends by following me on Facebook or Twitter.

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Q: What have been some of your top blog posts?

A: Here are a few to get you started:

What is Shared Leadership?

What 80 Top Leaders Really Want

Don’t Shoot The Messenger

Embrace the New Rules of Work

Why Leaders Fail: Shameless Self-Promotion

My Thesis: A Paradigm for 21st Century Global Leaders

Four On-Ramps To Personal Leadership Development

How To Engage Younger Leaders

Tips for a Great Sabbatical

Leadership Reading List 2010

My Ride Across Florida 2010

Humility Stinks

A Second Look At 2 Timothy 2:2


11 responses to About

  1. Ken, Thanks for your blog and your heart for developing leaders. I appreciate your insights and your leadership. I, too have been a long term student/observer of leaders especially those leading in multi-cultural settings. Granted, I am a generation older than you (perhaps 2) but still a learner and we should compare notes sometime.

  2. Ken,
    Great reading through your bio. Looking forward to reading your blog. Andrea Buczynski mentioned you in a tweet so I checked it out.
    I noticed you are reading a book by James M. Burns. Is this a new work for him or a compilation of older stuff? My doctoral work at Indiana University was based on his view of transformational leadership.
    Many blessings,
    Dave Baldwin

  3. Hi Dave,

    Thanks for dropping by. Burns’ Leadership is the classic work. Though I’ve been exposed to his thinking, I wanted to take a deeper dive.

    Blessings, Ken

  4. Yes, I think I’ve really learned more from Bass & Avolio. They have written tons of books on Transformational Leadership. Bass died a couple of years ago.

  5. Ken,
    I work full-time with Reason Why International (www.reasonwhy.org) and thought about sending you a copy of my book when it is published later this year: “A Jigsaw Guide to Making Sense of the World” (InterVarsity Press). My ministry regularly connects me with students and young people, so in may ways we share the same heartbeat. Let me know if you’d be interested and I’ll tell IVP to get in touch.
    Thanks for your consideration and keep up the good work!
    Alex 🙂

  6. Great message at UPC today, I look forward to reading your blog!!
    Had trouble finding you on FB, though.

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