Who Are History’s Most Successful Leaders?

What have been the most successful models of leadership throughout history? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Stan McChrystal, Co-founder of McChrystal Group, Co-Author of Leaders, on Quora:

After years of study and consideration, this is the most elusive answer of all. Leadership is so contextual and conditional that there isn’t really a model, if there were, leadership would be far easier to replicate.

That said, we should learn from how others have approached leadership. After all, our book profiles thirteen leaders. So what’s the right approach?

We need to think through what is meant by success and, in fact, what we mean by a model of leadership in the first place. Understanding these two points will allow us to dig deeper into the broader questions our book considers in depth.

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