McChrystal Academy

How do we develop leaders capable of guiding us through uncertain times?

How do we develop leaders capable of guiding us through uncertain times?

Today, our world is experiencing a moment of crisis — not only in the realms of public health and economic fragility, but in our leadership. What does it take to lead in a moment like this? Who do we turn to at this time? The choices our leaders make in these months and years will shape not just your organization’s performance, but the way history remembers this period.

One thing is clear: the old ways of developing leaders — the old frameworks, tools, and conversations — will no longer cut it.

We’re hungry for something new. A recent study showed that global investment in leadership development stands at over $300 billion, and 94% of organizations plan to maintain or increase their level of investment. Unfortunately, most of these efforts fail — even in stable times. In fact, 66% of managers said they didn’t improve after participating in leadership development programs.

But despite finding and developing new leaders and developing them being something every organization is interested in, most do not pursue it effectively.

We all know why we need to cultivate leadership. 
The difference between success and failure lies in the way we do it.

We built our team to take a new approach to a broken industry. We assembled top-tier military special operations officers, published academics, and corporate executives into one team capable of rethinking the development of leaders. Rooted in our lived experience, geared for how adults actually learn, and tailored for industries in critical times, we have a unique lens on how to lead teams and organizations in today’s environment.

McChrystal Academy offers practical leadership development options to serve any organization.

Leadership development in this critical moment must be present at every level of your organization. At the same time, modern leaders are not the same — they all require different guidance as they navigate new challenges. Our approach to training ensures a cost-efficient, high-impact leadership development approach that meets your needs — regardless of your size, shape, scale, or scope.


McChrystal Leadership Tiered Certificates

Our basic training program, designed to serve as an organization-wide introduction to the fundamental things your employees should be thinking about as a leader.

What's included:
Digital Leadership Library

This collection of resources provides leaders with convenient access to useful articles, videos, and tools that will help them put critical concepts into practice.

Leader Behavior Diagnostic

This individual assessment measures a leader’s tendency to use four behaviors that are essential for leading adaptable teams and delivers a unique combination of suggestions for individualized development.

Leader Behaviors Virtual Training

This session uses a narrative-based approach to explore the four behaviors that are essential for leading adaptable teams and leads participants through reflective exercises to magnify the impact of their leadership.

Team of Teams Digital Course

This digital course establishes a foundational understanding of the Team of Teams approach through a dynamic combination of videos, interactive activities, and downloadable guides designed to equip leaders with new concepts and practical techniques.

Self-directed Learning Assignments

These curated assignments encourage participants to progressively explore how to apply important concepts in their specific context.

Virtual Training Sessions

These interactive, discussion-based sessions embed critical concepts and encourage application through a number of methods – whiteboarding, case studies, polls, small group breakouts, and individual reflections.

Peer Coaching and Challenge Project

Participants are placed in Peer Teams who meet regularly and are equipped with discussion questions to support collective learning. These Peer Teams also engage in action learning through a Challenge Project where they develop novel solutions to real issues facing their organization.

In-person Training Session

These facilitated sessions are designed to drive retention and application back in the workplace through la strategic combination of experiential adult learning methods - simulations, keynotes, small group activities, stretch experiences, case studies, and interactive discussions.

Individual mentoring

Senior McChrystal Group leaders meet with participants one-on-one to provide advice, mentoring, and guidance on his or her most pressing leadership challenges.

Building on the fundamentals in the Foundations certificate, we provide practical techniques and tools for emerging leaders through tailored learning assignments and virtual training sessions.

What's included:
Digital Leadership Library

This collection of resources provides leaders with convenient access to useful articles, videos, and tools that will help them put critical concepts into practice.

Leader Behavior Diagnostic

This individual assessment measures a leader’s tendency to use four behaviors that are essential for leading adaptable teams and delivers a unique combination of suggestions for individualized development.

Leader Behaviors Virtual Training

This session uses a narrative-based approach to explore the four behaviors that are essential for leading adaptable teams and leads participants through reflective exercises to magnify the impact of their leadership.

Team of Teams Digital Course

This digital course establishes a foundational understanding of the Team of Teams approach through a dynamic combination of videos, interactive activities, and downloadable guides designed to equip leaders with new concepts and practical techniques.

Self-directed Learning Assignments

These curated assignments encourage participants to progressively explore how to apply important concepts in their specific context.

Virtual Training Sessions

These interactive, discussion-based sessions embed critical concepts and encourage application through a number of methods – whiteboarding, case studies, polls, small group breakouts, and individual reflections.

Peer Coaching and Challenge Project

Participants are placed in Peer Teams who meet regularly and are equipped with discussion questions to support collective learning. These Peer Teams also engage in action learning through a Challenge Project where they develop novel solutions to real issues facing their organization.

In-person Training Session

These facilitated sessions are designed to drive retention and application back in the workplace through la strategic combination of experiential adult learning methods - simulations, keynotes, small group activities, stretch experiences, case studies, and interactive discussions.

Individual Mentoring

Senior McChrystal Group leaders meet with participants one-on-one to provide advice, mentoring, and guidance on his or her most pressing leadership challenges.

Leveraging either virtual or in-person touch points, we specifically target mid-level and high-potential leaders through experiential training sessions, peer coaching teams, and a real-world challenge project related to the five essential leadership areas.

What's included:
Digital Leadership Library

This collection of resources provides leaders with convenient access to useful articles, videos, and tools that will help them put critical concepts into practice.

Leader Behavior Diagnostic

This individual assessment measures a leader’s tendency to use four behaviors that are essential for leading adaptable teams and delivers a unique combination of suggestions for individualized development.

Leader Behaviors Virtual Training

This session uses a narrative-based approach to explore the four behaviors that are essential for leading adaptable teams and leads participants through reflective exercises to magnify the impact of their leadership.

Team of Teams Digital Course

This digital course establishes a foundational understanding of the Team of Teams approach through a dynamic combination of videos, interactive activities, and downloadable guides designed to equip leaders with new concepts and practical techniques.

Self-directed Learning Assignments

These curated assignments encourage participants to progressively explore how to apply important concepts in their specific context.

Virtual Training Sessions

These interactive, discussion-based sessions embed critical concepts and encourage application through a number of methods – whiteboarding, case studies, polls, small group breakouts, and individual reflections.

Peer Coaching and Challenge Project

Participants are placed in Peer Teams who meet regularly and are equipped with discussion questions to support collective learning. These Peer Teams also engage in action learning through a Challenge Project where they develop novel solutions to real issues facing their organization.

In-person Training Session

These facilitated sessions are designed to drive retention and application back in the workplace through la strategic combination of experiential adult learning methods - simulations, keynotes, small group activities, stretch experiences, case studies, and interactive discussions.

Individual Mentoring

Senior McChrystal Group leaders meet with participants one-on-one to provide advice, mentoring, and guidance on his or her most pressing leadership challenges.

For senior-level leaders and executives, we focus on in-person training and mentoring with our most experienced experts to tackle the highest level of strategic organizational issues.

What's included:
Digital Leadership Library

This collection of resources provides leaders with convenient access to useful articles, videos, and tools that will help them put critical concepts into practice.

Leader Behavior Diagnostic

This individual assessment measures a leader’s tendency to use four behaviors that are essential for leading adaptable teams and delivers a unique combination of suggestions for individualized development.

Leader Behaviors Virtual Training

This session uses a narrative-based approach to explore the four behaviors that are essential for leading adaptable teams and leads participants through reflective exercises to magnify the impact of their leadership.

Team of Teams Digital Course

This digital course establishes a foundational understanding of the Team of Teams approach through a dynamic combination of videos, interactive activities, and downloadable guides designed to equip leaders with new concepts and practical techniques.

Self-directed Learning Assignments

These curated assignments encourage participants to progressively explore how to apply important concepts in their specific context.

Virtual Training Sessions

These interactive, discussion-based sessions embed critical concepts and encourage application through a number of methods – whiteboarding, case studies, polls, small group breakouts, and individual reflections.

Peer Coaching and Challenge Project

Participants are placed in Peer Teams who meet regularly and are equipped with discussion questions to support collective learning. These Peer Teams also engage in action learning through a Challenge Project where they develop novel solutions to real issues facing their organization.

In-person Training Session

These facilitated sessions are designed to drive retention and application back in the workplace through la strategic combination of experiential adult learning methods - simulations, keynotes, small group activities, stretch experiences, case studies, and interactive discussions.

Individual Mentoring

Senior McChrystal Group leaders meet with participants one-on-one to provide advice, mentoring, and guidance on his or her most pressing leadership challenges.



Our leadership development tools can be further tailored to fit your team’s specific needs.

McChrystal Leadership Academies

We offer virtual and in-person training courses for mid-level and senior leaders to provide emphasis on one of the five essential areas of leadership:

  • Strategic Execution: There is a massive expanse between stating strategic goals and executing a plan that will achieve those goals. This academy will provide high-level insight into aligning stakeholders across different functions, driving important resourcing discussions, and pressure-testing the plan.
  • Collaboration & Communication: Collaboration and robust communication are essential for innovative problem solving and responding to a dynamic environment, but they can also be incredibly inefficient and ineffective if leaders don’t set the conditions for success. This academy will explore the systems, processes, and behaviors needed for cross-functional collaboration and communication to drive results.
  • Decision Making: Decision making is one of the primary responsibilities of any leader, but it is also a complex function that requires the leader to involve the right people, decipher meaningful information, and work within their organizational structures. This academy will help leaders map critical stakeholders, make sense of critical data, and establish decision space to move quickly and decisively.
  • Team Leadership: High-performing teams will be the difference between success and failure in an uncertain and changing future. This academy will explore how to build and lead a cohesive and agile team, and then show how to scale those benefits within a traditional bureaucratic structure.
  • Change Leadership: The Information Age is characterized by frequent and unpredictable disruption. Leaders who thrive in this environment recognize the key is to build adaptive structures and foster resilient behaviors. This academy will train leaders to respond to change with a systematic process and in a human-centric way that catalyzes both engagement and productivity.

We also offer a leadership academy course specifically targeted to new and existing Chiefs of Staff — to give the people in this critical role the strategies and tactics needed to effectively run an organization. Read more about the critical importance of the Chief of Staff role.

Custom Leadership Training

For more extensive training, we offer fully customizable courses and programs to take your leadership development experience to the next level. In our custom programs, you will partner with a Learning Designer from our team to tailor our teachings to your unique challenges and content. Our custom training can vary in length and intensity depending on your team size and needs. Get in touch with us to learn more.


The world needs strong leadership. Leading organizations meet the call.

Those who seek thoughtful, connected, and responsive leaders work with McChrystal Academy to create real outcomes from leadership development.

“We’d engineered our business for scale, but we didn’t have our teams talking to one another,” explains the chief operating officer of a prominent healthcare organization. “Once McChrystal Group got these groups connected, suddenly...all of these insights started to come out.”

Those insights have tangible impacts, whether that means closing a $25 million revenue gap in their one quarter, or doubling the number of client relationships secured by managers.

Are you ready to give your leaders a fresh approach to leadership?

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Chief of Staff Academy

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Custom Leadership Training

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Executive Coaching And Mentoring

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