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McChrystal was in for surprises with latest book, ‘Leaders’

Former Afghanistan commander says true leadership requires adaptability, responsiveness to stakeholders that many failed to exhibit


Oct. 26, 2018
By William Ehart

You might think retired four-star Gen. Stanley McChrystal would be the last person to face a learning curve on leadership.

The West Point graduate and former airborne officer headed Joint Special Operations Command during the height of the war on terror and then led U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates called McChrystal “perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat I’ve ever met.”

But McChrystal and coauthors Jeff Eggers and Jason Mangone (both also former military officers) were in for surprises as they researched their new book, “Leaders: Myth and Reality,” released Oct. 23 by Penguin Random House.