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:
- The Hero’s Journey is Separation->initiation->return. Tubman demonstrates setting forth into the unknown, emerging victorious and then returning.
- 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.
- Great leaders must be surrounded by people who enable their activities and find meaning in what they have to offer.