Stanley McChrystal on Leadership The retired U.S. Army general says that leaders need to be like gardeners, not chess masters.

Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, best known for leading the Joint Special Operations Command during the Iraq War, loves chess. Growing up in the military, he thought that commanding troops would be like moving chess pieces, but when he got into combat he quickly learned that, unlike chess, “there are no rules” in battle, he explains at WorldQuant’s 2015 Global Summit in Puerto Rico. McChrystal contrasts effective leadership with the painstaking strategy of a game of chess to demonstrate that a true leader guides, coaches and supports people and gives them the space to grow.

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