Leadership lessons we can learn from the Afghanistan withdrawal


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There are a lot of leadership lessons you can learn from military actions. However, in 2021, one military action proved things could go completely wrong and were highly unlikely to end positively. This was the withdraw of troops from Afghanistan. In World War II, they used the slang a total “Goat-Fuck” to describe a situation similar to this. But instead blame and criticism, let’s look at what we can learn from the mistakes made. What leadership lessons we can learn from the situation so we do not make the same mistakes again. Let’s also look at how those leadership lessons transition into the business world. In this episode, we use Afghanistan as an example for examining the critical leadership steps that need to be taken to forge success instead of failure.

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Dr. McCausland is the owner of www.diamondsixleadership.com . Since 2000, both domestic and internationally, Dr. McCausland has conducted numerous executive leadership development workshops and consulted for leaders in public education, US government institutions, non-profit organizations, and corporations. Dr. McCausland is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army and former Dean of Academics at the U.S. Army War College. He is a Visiting Professor of National Security at Dickinson College and a National Security Consultant for CBS radio & television. During his military career Dr. McCausland served in a variety of command and staff positions both in the United States and Europe during the Kosovo crisis and Operations Desert Shield and Storm. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools, and the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds both a master’s and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Dr. McCausland is the co-author of Battle Tested! Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21sCentury Leaders.