Stanley McChrystal on leadership

Another great TED talk, this time by the controversial US general Stanley McChrystal. Controversy aside, he talks with typical military rigidity (very different from most talks I’ve seen) about leadership and failure.

Some quotable quotes:

Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure.

The inversion of expertise: things we grew up doing aren’t what the people we are leading are doing.

Relationships are the sinew that hold the force together.

If you’re a leader the people you’ve counted on will help you up, and if you’re a leader the people who count on you need you on your feet.

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