New Exclusive Speaker: Warrior-Diplomat Gen. John Nicholson


Leading Authorities now exclusively represents retired four-star Army General John Nicholson—who stepped down as Commander of US Forces-Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support mission in September of this year—for lectures. 

An energetic, combat-seasoned voice on leading complex organizations to win, Gen. Nicholson is widely admired for his position as one of our nation’s greatest “Warrior-Diplomats,” and as the longest-serving commander in the Afghan theatre of war. Fast-paced organizations hoping to optimize results, lessen risk, and improve collaboration benefit from Nicholson’s highly-prized overview of the strategies he used when leading a 41-nation coalition force to produce the first ceasefire in the 17-year-long war in Afghanistan.


All told, General Nicholson served four tours in Afghanistan, culminating in his position as Commander, U.S. Forces. In this role, he oversaw a budget of $22 billion, led 22,000 international troops, and closely advised over 33,000 Afghan security forces. Today, Nicholson draws on his experience with large military units and allied coalitions in times of complexity and risk and provides lessons that are highly relevant to improving strategic thinking, strengthening results through collaboration and developing resilient colleagues who will thrive in today’s fast-paced global operating environment. 


With 36 years of military service under his belt, Nicholson’s speeches rouse individuals and groups to be and do better for their teams and their organizations. “The knowledge and insights gained in my military career are about far more than war, terrorism, and striving for peace,” says Nicholson. “Learning how to unite people to achieve common goals under the most adverse circumstances or how to identify leaders at every level and instill in them a shared vision of a better future is key to many endeavors, civilian as well as military.”

Watch General Nicholson's interview with Al Jazeera about the shifting landscape of the war in Afghanistan. 



For more information about General John Nicholson and to browse through his full list of speaking topics, areas of focus, and accomplishments, visit his speaker profile page.

If you’re interested in checking his availability and fees for an upcoming speaking spot that your organization is looking to fill with a legendary leader whose career has lasted 36 years or a speaker who can help organizations rethink leadership and culture in the 21st century, please let us know

Want to see more custom speaker options? Simply reach out to us, and we can send you a customized list of speaker recommendations tailored specifically to your event's topic, theme, audience, and more. Get your custom speaker list.

To get in touch with us, you can also email us, call 1-800-SPEAKERlive chat with a member of our team online, or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Continue Reading »