Leaders: Myth and Reality


What makes a leader effective, and what do effective leaders have in common?

Setting out to answer these age-old questions, New America Fellow Jeff Eggers partnered with General Stanley McChrystal and Jay Mangone to explore the myths and reality behind how we typically define leadership by looking at thirteen historic leaders in their recent book Leaders: Myth and Reality. By analyzing our heroes and foes, they offer an objective re-evaluation of our assumptions about the individuals who emerge as history’s “great” leaders. This methodology exposes leadership as intensely contextual, and defiant of formulaic approaches. Among other lessons, their re-framed paradigm of leadership suggests that effective leaders should base their approach on the system of followers that surround them, rather than textbook-style checklists of leadership attributes.

To discuss this and other leadership myths, New America's International Security Program is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Eggers, co-author of Leaders: Myth and Reality, and Tresha Mabile, journalist and Emmy Award-Nominated documentarian.


Jeffrey Eggers, @jeff_eggers
Executive Director, McChrystal Group Leadership Institute
Senior Fellow, New America’s International Security Program, Retired Navy SEAL


Tresha Mabile
Journalist and Emmy-Award Nominated Documentary Director, Producer, and Writer

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