Leadership In All Its Forms

We’re excited here at the Insurance Information Institute about our annual Joint Industry Forum in January (details here) and our keynote speaker, Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Gen. McChrystal is perhaps best known as commander of Joint Special Operations Command in Afghanistan and renowned for his ability to lead and his exploration of the puzzle that is leadership.

His latest book, “Leaders: Myth & Reality,” takes an intriguing look. Here is a snip from the Wall Street Journal review of his latest book, Leaders: Myth and Reality:

Gen. McChrystal … studies six peculiar pairs of leaders, searching for lessons: the irascible but brilliant creative entrepreneurs (Walt Disney and Coco Chanel); the geniuses (Albert Einstein and Leonard Bernstein); the zealots (French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre and Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi); the heroes (15th-century Chinese admiral Zheng He and American abolitionist Harriet Tubman); the “power brokers” (New York’s Boss Tweed and Margaret Thatcher); and the reformers (Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr.).

Quite the dinner party, no? But it does speak to the truth that one can lead by inspiration (MLK) or by intimidation (Robespierre). What makes it all work is at the heart of McChrystal’s book and should make for fascinating listening at our event next January.