“A leader can let you fail and not let you be a failure”
Regardless of how McChrystal left the military what he says in this video still rings true.
If he spoke his mind and that disagreed with current policy so be it. If William Wilberforce did not speak against the status quo then we may still have slavery. It takes one voice to make a difference and sometimes that voice will appear objectionable.
Teaching that the only important thing is about “how you play the game” and not about winning and losing means setting people up to be disappointed. Learning about winning and losing is critical to a balanced life.
Unless people are taught how to win and lose, especially while young, will mean that the first time they do not get their own way or receive a rejection they will not be able to handle it.
The battle is for winning, the game is for winning, and the goals are for achieving, but unless there is a risk of failure the victory will be hollow.
If you have fallen over, stand up, dust yourself off and determine to do better next time.
How you play is important, but only if you are playing to win.