Stanley McChrystal is a four star general who had served in the military for several years. You might think that a military man will have the stereotypical form of stringent authoritarian style leadership, but he highlights the importance of uplifting people in this Ted Talk. There was a form of “leadership by humiliation” that was practiced in the military, where a video was shown that only highlighted the negatives that were done. He left one of those sessions feeling defeated. Until one person, took the time to tell him, that he did great, that real leaders let you fail, but never make you feel like a failure, and in that moment he was uplifted. He speaks about the other forms of leaderships that he himself had experienced and the new kinds of leadership that he is still learning after years of service. This is a different look on leadership, from a man with a strict military background, but one that highlights the importance of continually learning and listening to those around you.
Watch it here: Listen, learn… then lead