A True Leader

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
July 11, 2010

Someone once said that good leaders take a little more than their share of the blame and a little less than their share of the credit.

That’s clear in this Civil War story about Abraham Lincoln.

After the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate forces were withdrawing to Virginia, and Lincoln felt that they were vulnerable. Eager to get the agony of the war over with, President Lincoln sent word to General George Meade to attack.

With his message, Lincoln also sent a personal note. “The order I enclose is not on record,” said the note. “If you succeed, you need not publish it. Then, if you succeed, you will have all the credit of the movement. If not, I’ll take the responsibility.”

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7 comments
  1. This is precisely what is missing from today’s “leaders”. Who cares who gets the credit? The new boss does. The new bosses waiting in the wings do. Innovation cannot occur if wings are constantly clipped and you are not allowed to soar too far from the nest. Ugh. Thanks for today’s share.

  2. cate b said:

    we need a modern day Abraham Lincoln to come along…….

  3. Not only was Abraham Lincoln an honest, hard-working, wise, responsible, caring leader, he was humble. In fact, that may have been his most important trait. “He [God] guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Psalm 25:9). Thank your for this story, Kenny. Another example of why President Lincoln is beloved to this day!

  4. asd539 said:

    That was an awesome post. True leaders need to take the responsibility when failure happens. I think it’s awesome Lincoln wanted Meade to take all the credit.

  5. Just an FYI note: Over at my blog, I’ve written about the blogs I follow, including yours–ALL GOOD! Just wanted you to know.

    • Thanks for the note and thanks for the mention in your post!!!! It is an Honor and I am truly Humbled!!!

      Take care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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