A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. He is widely praised for launching a revolution in warfare by leading a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that fused intelligence and operations, redefining the way military and government agencies interact.
A retired four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan and the former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC and was responsible for leading the nation's deployed military counterterrorism efforts around the globe. In June 2009, McChrystal received his fourth star and assumed command of all international forces in Afghanistan. President Obama's order for an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan was based on McChrystal's assessment of the war.
General McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group in January 2011. Recognizing that companies today are experiencing parallels to what he and his colleagues faced in the war theater, McChrystal established this advisory services firm to help businesses challenge the hierarchical, “command and control” approach to organizational management