18. Jeff Eggers: Leaders, Myth and Reality

Today my guest is Jeff Eggers. I don’t even know where to start introducing Jeff. He retired from the Navy in 2013 after a 20-year career as a US Navy SEAL. He served in the White House for six years, most recently as President Obama’s special assistant for national security affairs, he also served under President Bush. He earned an award, the Samuel Nelson Drew Award for Distinguished Contribution in Pursuit of Global Peace. That award was given to him by President Obama for his role in mediating the political crisis following the 2014 Afghan presidential elections, which I’m sure you were following closely. We talk about leadership and the book that he’s just written with four-star general Stanley McChrystal and with Jason Mangone. The book is Leaders, Myth and Reality. In this book, he profiles 13 leaders from all walks of life. We talk about some very practical things that you can do to increase the quality of your leadership. I think it’s fascinating. I think if you want to take your ideas and to translate them into reality, put them, especially in a written form, that you will find something here that is extraordinarily useful to you. Jeff, welcome to the School for Good Living podcast.

00:02:32 – Paragliding interest.
00:05:25 – What’s life about?
00:12:50 – Discussion over Leadership.
00:26:46 – Who is the book written for?
00:43:56 – If not a Navy Seal, what was Jeff’s career choice?
00:57:40 – The warrior and peace.
01:07:08 – Lightning round.
01:13:03 – The McChrystal Group
01:21:04 – Discussion of his book and the co-authors.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Leaders: Myth and Reality by Stanley McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, and Jay Mangone
LinkedIn in profile of Jeff Eggers
The McChrystal Group

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