Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a retired four star general who was the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. PRINT | E-MAIL. By Michael Miklaucic PRISM Volume 6, No 3. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal has some advice for President Trump on how to lead the nation through the coronavirus pandemic: instill confidence, tell the truth, be unified and fight it like a war. In the interview, McChrystal said a nuclear-armed North Korea is still the most pressing national security threat — just as President Obama warned President-elect Trump in late 2016 — and "there's no negotiating them away" from being a nuclear power despite Trump's flashy efforts. General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of NATO ISAF, talks about his assessment of the condition of Afghanistan. ... CNN: Controversy over Gen. McChrystal interview - … Now he hopes to answer the question, "What makes a leader great?" What did we get right and what did we get wrong in Afghanistan and Iraq? Dec. 7, 2016 — Download PDF. An Interview with Stanley McChrystal. Click here for more coverage. McChrystal usually participates via teleconference. with his new book, "Leaders: Myth and Reality." View in article; Although many of the recognizable trends in violence in Iraq, such as the first battle of Fallujah and the first Shia militia uprising, did not emerge until 2004, the signs of instability were already well established by the end of 2003. Stanley McChrystal, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World (New York: Portfolio Penguin, 2015). Gen. Stanley McChrystal was the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, relieved of command after a controversy in 2010. McChrystal: In both cases we didn’t understand either the problem or our objectives going in. Editor's Note: On June 23, 2010, Gen. McChrystal was relieved of his command following controversial comments made in a "Rolling Stone" magazine interview. In a recent interview with CNN, General Stanley McChrystal, who formerly commanded both the Ranger Regiment and the brutally effective Joint Special Operations Command, outlined several key points that I hope our political and military leaders paid attention to. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? On This Day: Gen. McChrystal resigns after magazine interview On June 23, 2010, U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal resigned as commander … Gen. Stanley McChrystal's candid Rolling Stone interview prompted the White House to summon McChrystal, the most senior military commander in Afghanistan, to the capital for a standing meeting. By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure. The West Point graduate spent 34 years in the Army and is co-founder of the McChrystal Group.