The author of Me Mother was a Mermaid mentioned something to me today that I had long ago forgotten – that Eisenhower, on the eve of the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944, had written a brief statement he meant to deliver in the event that the invasion of Europe failed. One of his associates took it from him about a month later and saved it, and it has been preserved for us to this day.
This brief statement captures perfectly everything that leadership is about – accountability, belief in a worthy cause, and faith in those who must do the vital work itself. May it serve as a reminder that leadership is not ultimately about success, but about responsibility to a greater good.
“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time…
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