PRINCIPLE 4

LEADERSHIP

From Commander to Co-creator

A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.

—Simon Sinek, author, Start with Why

IN 2003, GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL TOOK COMMAND OF THE JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK FORCE. What began as a military campaign against the Saddam Hussein regime eventually evolved into a prolonged, complex, and chaotic fight with Al-Qaeda in Iraq. For several years, the fight did not go well.

The task force had highly capable and experienced leaders, extremely disciplined soldiers, and the best technology and communications equipment money could buy. Al-Qaeda in Iraq had untrained ...

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