Stanley McChrystal


A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. A retired four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing the current counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.

The son of Major General McChrystal, GEN McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and joined the infantry. He began his military career as a platoon commander in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Over the course of his career, he held several leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division and the XVIII Army Airborne Corp and the Joint Staff. He is a graduate of the US Naval War College and he completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.

Past Appearances

Leadership in Action: February 19, 2015

Hosts Anne Greenhalgh, Michael Useem, and Jeff Klein are joined by Erwann Michel-Kerjan (Executive Director of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center; Chairman of the OECD Secretary-General Board on Financial Management of Catastrophes, The Wharton School), Stanley McChrystal (RETIRED GENERAL, STAN MCCHRYSTAL), and Howard Kunreuther (James G. Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and Public Policy; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center; Co-Author of “Mastering Catastrophic Risk”, The Wharton School) on the Thursday, February 19, 2015 edition of Leadership in Action.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015


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Leadership in Action: November 1, 2018 Episode Featured ImageLeadership in Action: November 1, 2018

Hosts Anne Greenhalgh, Michael Useem, and Jeff Klein are joined by General Ann Dunwoody (America’s first female 4-star general and Author of A Higher Standard) and Stanley McChrystal (RETIRED GENERAL, STAN MCCHRYSTAL) on the Thursday, November 1, 2018 edition of Leadership in Action.

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