General Stan McChrystal
Former Commander of U.S. and International
Forces in Afghanistan
Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson
Institute for Global Affairs
A one-of-a-kind commander
with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stan McChrystal is widely
praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and
operations. He is also known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency
strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism
organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate.
A four-star general, he
is the former commander of U.S.
and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint
Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive
forces. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam
Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader
of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He is also the author of the best-selling leadership book,
My Share of the Task: A Memoir. Exclusively
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speakers bureau, McChrystal, a former Green
Beret, is known for his candor, innovative leadership, and going the distance.
Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates, few can speak about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs with
as much insight as he can.
Thirty-Four Years of Service. The son
and grandson of Army officers, McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and
trained at the Special Forces School in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was
later commissioned as an infantry officer and spent much of his career
commanding special operations and airborne infantry units. During the Persian
Gulf War, McChrystal served in a Joint Special Operations Task Force and
commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment. He also completed year-long fellowships at
Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on
Foreign Relations in 2000. He was promoted to brigadier general in 2001.
he was appointed chief of staff of military operations in Afghanistan. Two
years later, McChrystal was selected to deliver the nationally televised
Pentagon briefings about military operations in Iraq. From 2003–2008, he
commanded JSOC and was responsible for leading the nation’s deployed military
counter-terrorism efforts around the globe, assuming command of all
international forces in Afghanistan in June 2009. President Obama’s order for
an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan was based on McChrystal’s assessment
of the war.
Supporting Military Families and Higher
Education. McChrystal retired from the military in 2010. He now serves on
the board of directors for JetBlue Airways, Navistar, and the Yellow Ribbon
Fund. He is also the chairman of the board for Siemens Government Technologies.
In 2011, McChrystal returned to public service after the Obama administration
invited him to oversee Joining Forces, a high-profile initiative that supports
military families. McChrystal is a part of its three-member advisory board. He
is also a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global
Affairs, where he teaches a popular course on leadership.
McChrystal co-founded the McChrystal Group in January 2011. Its mission is to
deliver innovative leadership solutions to organizations which help them
transform and succeed in challenging and dynamic environments. To do this, the
group teaches McChrystal’s leadership methodology CrossLead, whose principles
and operational structure are based on his military successes. CrossLead also
addresses key leadership principles such as transparency and inclusion,
leveraging the power of teams, and sharing a clear vision.
Four-Star Strategy Lessons. A
dynamic, powerful speaker, McChrystal impresses audiences with field-tested
leadership lessons, stressing a uniquely inclusive model that focuses on
building teams capable of relentlessly pursuing results. When old systems fall
short, he believes true leaders must look for ways to innovate and change.
Citing stories from his career, McChrystal reveals a four-star management
strategy, concentrating on openness, teamwork, and forward-thinking.
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