Episode 14: Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Retired Commander of Joint Special Operations Command (Part 2 of 2)

Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Gen. Stanley McChrystal is best known for his command of Joint Special Operations in the mid-2000s, in the context of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a nationally and internationally known speaker and thinker on the subject of leadership, with multiple best-selling books, including a new book, Leaders: Myth and Reality. In 2011, he founded McChrystal Group, a leadership advisory services firm that helps organizations navigate leadership challenges.

In this episode of The Culture Gap — the second of two episodes featuring Gen. McChrystal — he and Daniel discuss his best-selling book Team of Teams, and how the team dynamic plays out in boardrooms across the world. Gen. McChrystal has also recently launched a brand new book, Leaders: Myth and Reality. He shares more about his inspiration to write the book and his insights on how Coco Chanel and Margaret Thatcher were similar. He has some surprising revelations about the importance of reflection in leadership, and how leaders can best handle criticism. Welcome to The Culture Gap.

Key Takeaways


[:44] Daniel introduces his guest for this episode - Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

[1:28] As the author of Team of Teams and with a wealth of expertise serving on boards, what are Gen. McChrystal's observations on boards as teams?

[5:30] What kind of questions does Gen. McChrystal ask CEOs in a boardroom?

[7:33] Gen. McChrystal has recently launched a new book, Leaders: Myth and Reality. What inspired him to put it out, and why now?

[12:16] Gen. McChrystal sheds some insights about choosing to compare Coco Chanel and Margaret Thatcher as leaders.

[19:35] What is the role of reflection in leadership?

[22:18] What is a healthy way for a leader to handle criticism?

[25:55] What advice would Gen. McChrystal give to his younger self, and the next generation of leaders today?

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Learn more about:

Gen. Stanley McChrystal

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Team of Teams, by Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Leaders: Myth and Reality, by Gen. Stanley McChrystal

My Share of the Task: A Memoir, by Gen. Stanley McChrystal

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