Published: Feb. 28, 2022
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The Center for Leadership and the Leo Hill Leadership Speaker Series are pleased to welcome General Stanley McChrystal to campus.

Join us on February 28, 2022 at 7:30pm in Macky Auditorium on CU Boulder's campus for a talk by the retired four-star general.

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Leadership in Times of Uncertainty

We may not be able to see the future, but control can teach us how to improve our resistance and build a strong defense against what we know -- and what we don't.

Retired four-star general and author Stan McChrystal has lived a life associated with the deadly risks of combat; he has seen how individuals and organizations, too often and to great cost, fail to mitigate risk. Why? Because they focus on the probability of something happening instead of the interface by which it can be managed. McChrystal will address this and other groundbreaking ideas (Team of Teams, Myth & Reality) around leadership in the sixth Leo Hill Leadership Series. Other speakers in the series have included columnist and bestselling author David Brooks, former Secretary of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency Director Robert Gates and the first woman of color in space, astronaut Mae Jemison. The speaker series is brought to campus by the Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership, a position now held by Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano.

More about General McChrystal:

As a U.S. Army general, business leader and author, retired Gen. Stan McChrystal has practiced and established effective leadership throughout his career. In July 2010, he retired from the Army as a four-star general, with his last assignment as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He had previously served as the director of the Joint Staff and as the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. The author of My Share of the Task, Team of Teams and Leaders, he is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the co-founder of the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm.

His latest book, Risk: A User’s Guide, offers timely leadership advice that reminds us that we are often our own greatest risk factor. Rather than focus on outward threats we can't predict, we must look to our own weaknesses that stand in the way of responding to risks efficiently and effectively. Following up on the New York Times bestseller Team of Teams and Leaders: Myth and Reality, Risk: A User's Guide helps us improve organizational resilience and build a strong defense against what we know—and what we don’t.