In this special five-part podcast series, we consider the business leadership issues raised by General Stanley McChrystal (ret.) recent book Leaders-Myth and Reality, which he co-authored with Jeff Eggers and Jason Mangone. Using Plutarch’s Lives as their model they considered multiple leaders and leadership styles. These include: Founders, Walt Disney and Coco Chanel; Geniuses, Albert Einstein and Leonard Bernstein; Heroes, Zheng He and Harriet Tubman; Power Brokers, Boss Tweed and Margaret Thatcher. In this episode II, we take up the Geniuses, Albert Einstein and Leonard Bernstein.
Some of the highlights include:
- There is more to their genius than intelligence, just as there is more to their leadership than genius.
- Einstein’s correspondence and collaboration demonstrated that the lone genius (and solitary mad scientist) not realistic.
- Bernstein demonstrated that even the most outgoing person needed solitude to compose.
- They both made genius accessible.