Plywood Leadership - Gen Staley McChystal's theory...

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  1. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Gen McChrystal has developed his theory of 'plywood leadership' read about it and or watch a not very helpful vid. When I first saw the term I assumed it was going to be bad thing - probably whatever it is that Bam Bam is doing wrong but actually it's a good thing:

    "Plywood leadership, McChrystal said, is a theory he developed while in Afghanistan, when his troops built everything, including his own bedroom, out of the flexible wood sheets. McChrystal said plywood is flimsy but becomes stronger when glued together. He said the same is true in organizations, using his troops as examples. He showed images of individual soldiers in pieces of layered plywood and said that when "glued together," they create "strength in value."
    From that example, he said leaders should learn that they can't be in charge of everything but have to rely on others."
    I don't think there is anything new here but...