Hedgehog was interviewing someone for a position at his company. Once the interview was over he was asked what the hardest thing about being a leader was in his opinion. Hedgehog thought for a few minutes and then replied, “The hardest part is staying optimistic when everything else is going wrong. You have issues with your products, your workers are agitated, and you don’t have enough time for everyone and yourself. It is easy to get upset and down but the hardest part is learning to stay optimistic because at the end of the day if a leader isn’t optimistic the company is going nowhere.”
Gresham “Gresh” W. Harkless Jr. is the founder of CBNation and Blue 16 Media. CBNation is a Business to Business (B2B) Brand focusing on increasing the business success rate by providing visibility and resources for CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners. CBNation consists of blogs (CEOBlogNation.com), podcasts (CEOPodcasts.com) and videos (CBNation.tv). Blue 16 Media is a digital marketing agency providing digital marketing services including web design & SEO to small to medium-sized businesses and organizations. Central to his marketing philosophy is that You Are a Media Company: Developing a Marketing Strategy to Connect with Your Target and Reach Your Goals. Gresham is proud a graduate of Howard University & Georgetown University. He also is a graduate of the 2020 Leadership Center for Excellence Young Professionals Program ’16 and recognized by the Alexandria Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40.