Join us with Jason Magone on November 16th at 7pm!
Before writing Leaders, Jason was a Senior Advisor for the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, where he structured and led several cross-sector initiatives serving the city's 210,000 veterans. From 2013-2016, he helped to lead Service Year Alliance, a national nonprofit whose aim is to make a year of national service a common expectation for every young American. For his work on national service, he was recognized as one of the Mic 50 and also one of the Mighty 25 veterans poised to make a difference in 2015.
Jason served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
He lives with his wife, Kara and their two kids in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where he likes to cook for and drink with large groups of friends and family. Mangone is raising his son as a Mets, Jets, Knicks, and Rangers fan -- because resilience builds character.
Leadership has long been intertwined with myth. The Greek biographer Plutarch wrote his Parallel Lives to describe how pairs of leaders from the classical world— from Theseus and Romulus, to Demetrius and Mark Antony—exercised virtue. Ever since, Plutarch’s Lives has served as the definitive book for leaders throughout the ages to reflect on leadership, action and virtue.
About the book:
In Leaders: Myth and Reality, Stan McChrystal, Jeff Eggers, and Jason Mangone borrow Plutarch’s approach – but instead of examining virtue, they study leadership through the lens of thirteen fascinating men and women who have led in different times and circumstances:
Robert E. Lee
Founders: Walt Disney and Coco Chanel
Geniuses: Albert Einstein and Leonard Bernstein
Zealots: Maximilien Robespierre and Abu Musab al Zarqawi
Heroes: Zheng He and Harriet Tubman
Powerbrokers: Boss Tweed and Margaret Thatcher
Reformers: Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Through their stories, the reader comes to see leadership in a new light, wherein stubborn mythologies surround the concept of leadership, leaving us with a disconnect between how we typically think about leadership and how it actually works.
Leaders draws out the stories of these characters to elucidate deeper truths about the contingency and complexity of leadership. By the end of the book, readers will think differently about leadership. They will take a step back from the mythology, more accepting of leadership for what it is, rather than what we wish it to be. Seeing leadership through this new lens has implications for the way society understands its own history, and what it seeks from its leaders of tomorrow. Leaders are indeed important, just not in the way we think they are.
For those who enjoy intriguing history, or leaders and followers who wish to see leadership more clearly, or anyone looking to elevate the conversation about leadership today, Leaders is a timely and entertaining book.