General Stanley McChrystal on Operational Leadership

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A lecture by General (Ret) Stanley A. McChrystal, former Commander of US and NATO International Security Assistance Forces, Afghanistan.

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Stanley McChrystal at RUSIIn his lecture, General McChrystal reflected on the enduring lessons of leadership and the complex security challenges of Iraq and Afghanistan. He also made observations on the emerging requirements of the 'post-Afghan' security environment. 

General (Ret) Stanley A. McChrystal is the former commander of US and NATO International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Afghanistan and former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He graduated from West Point in 1976 and joined the infantry. He began his military career as a platoon commander in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During the course of his career, he held several leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Army Airborne Corp and the Joint Staff. After 9/11, until his retirement in 2010, General McChrystal spent more than seven years deployed to combat in a variety of leadership roles. He is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He sits on the board of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Navistar International Corporation and JetBlue. He is also heading Joining Forces, a high profile White House initiative that supports military families. In January 2011, he co-founded the McChrystal Group where he is currently a partner. General McChrystal’s latest book entitled ‘My Share of the Task: A Memoir’ was published in paperback by Penguin Group on 28 January 2014.

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