I came to believe that a leader isn’t good because they’re right; they’re good because they’re willing to learn and to trust.

Stanley McChrystal

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“Listen, Learn … Then Lead.” TED2011. Mar. 2011. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Listen, Learn ... Then Lead." TED2011. Mar. 2011. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by four-star general Stanley McChrystal is from his 2011 TED Talk about what he learned about leadership during his many years in the military. Here, McChrystal is saying that the qualities of having an open mind and an open heart are more important for a leader than being right. No one is right all the time, but a leader who is willing to accept new information and put their faith in other people will in turn win the respect of the people they are leading. Watch the full TED Talk here: Stanley McChrystal - Listen, Learn ... Then Lead