Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn … then lead

Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn … then lead

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Descriptions: Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure.

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  1. Leaders are not really in them minds!
    Cuz everything is based on them desire to lead!
    We not need leaders just to fulfil them creazy leader minds!
    We need the leaders who will take us to the blessing land!
    To the happiness!

  2. I really needed this speech. My guys and I got hit hard during training. I made the mission fail. I was unprepared, and I expected too much from my guys without verifying enough. Now, it seems hard to delegate, because I know I can make us succeed. However, it's not success if I'm the only one in the team that's developing. It will be abysmally hard to see my guys fail another STX lane, but it's not a failure if we're improving in a training environment.

  3. People like him By order Master zionsit AIPAC in US congress, as weapons industry, bankupt this nation just 19 years war of Afghanistan ( The most successful war seldom pays for its losses
    )— Thomas Jefferson , Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later— Benjamin Franklin ,

  4. I went through a spiritual awakening with a burst of joy bigger than the universe that felt like it blew the veil off of the planet. As I was spiritually awakening I had some military inspirations… inspirations of being surrounded by guardians with their bayonets focused on me and when charges were made I spun around and around spinning out solutions without being aggressive due to the weapons pointed at one. I prayed and it felt like a military spirit strengthened my back and reinforced a beam of joy going up in prayer. I discovered that we seem to be in a spiritual battle and the terms of battle are agreed upon IN GOD WE TRUST. The first challenge seemed to be to choose love over confusion and the second challenge seems to be to choose humble love over vain love. When spiritual charges were made and I chose love it felt like there were crunches in the spirit. I prayed that one's guardians take revenge against every confusion with 1000 acts of love. I have grown in love and feel reinforced in the spirit by a miracle in love at another level although I have never made a deal for next level focuses.

  5. I’m so so glad that the army of today is so much better than the army I went to Vietnam with. In 1968 we did not know how to build a modern army that was schooled in today’s tactics and personal relationships that grace this army of today. We have LEARNED a lot. I would really like belonging to this type of organization. God bless the USA.

  6. The problem with America’s military generals is that they ride around in chauffeured limousines, live in gated communities, and are members at the most private of clubs. Their economic fortunes are fully embedded in big government’s rear end.

  7. This was an inspirational speech. There was a time we all as true Americans stood in honor – helping our neighbors – never ever considering hurting another citizen. We need that honor back.
    I stand for our soldiers. They give so much for our country. They are wilingl to leave family and live in danger for the future of our great country. For the future of the children that are home entrusted by hopefully honest mother's.
    We need captains and leaders in military to be tough. Making men tough will most likely safe their life. No worrying or crying. The soldiers need nerves of steel and on the spot fight for your country. Your fellow soldier and to stand strong for what we all believe in. Strong family and country. These values do not exist today. You have to have an honorable leader to build strong life long values.
    But I have ant to say to the soldiers … I pray for you everyday. Will do what I can to let them know… We here love them and stand for their willingness to give all.
    God Bless our United States Soldiers.

  8. This is typical USA hypocrisy. Corny superficial emotionality to cover up the real nasty stuff. “Imagine watching your son in combat in real time” oh, for Christ’s sake. imagine your villages, countries, cultures bombed to the ground by people raised by Hollywood movies and who have no idea who you are, but are ready to do a “good job” in the name of a entelechy. He does a good job in demonstrating how war and capitalism go hand in hand.

  9. After reading some of the comments below, I realize the truth in the old quote” For those that have fought for it. freedom has taste the protected will never understand “