General Sir Richard Barrons will talk about how digital technologies are changing the way in which states confront and conflict with each other. This is happening both in the physical arena of war, with new types of military hardware, and in the cognitive arena where cyber attacks and fake news are being deployed to great effect.
Citizens, enterprises and institutions are – as much as governments and armed forces – at the front line of this new field of combat. Homelands and the daily way of life of millions are the target once more, at the speed of missiles and the click of a mouse.
Retired four-star general Stan McChrystal has studied leadership his whole adult life, from his first day at West Point to his most recent work with the corporate clients of the McChrystal Group.
In this follow-up to his bestsellers My Share of the Task and Team of Teams, McChrystal explores what leadership really means, debunking the many myths that have surrounded the concept. Drawing upon Plutarch’s Parallel Lives he focuses on thirteen great leaders, showing that the lessons we commonly draw from their lives are seldom the correct ones. Not all are necessarily heroes and some may appear very different to the myths surrounding them.
Ultimately, McChrystal posits that different environments will require different leaders, and that followers will choose the leader they need. Aspiring leaders will be best served not by cultivating a standard set of textbook leadership qualities, but by learning to discern what is required in each situation.