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 III, we take up the Heroes, Harriett Tubman and Zheng He.

Some of the highlights include:

  1. The Hero’s Journey is Separation->initiation->return. Tubman demonstrates setting forth into the unknown, emerging victorious and then returning.
  2. Leadership is not magic. It occurs at a specific time and place in certain circumstances. Once again, the right person must be at the right time and the right place.
  3. Great leaders must be surrounded by people who enable their activities and find meaning in what they have to offer.