How to be a great leader:
Take a lesson from President Eisenhower
In a world of finger-pointing, arguing, and shouting “you,” we should take a lesson from President Eisenhower. He was a great leader not because he had all the answers but because he knew how to ask the right questions. By keeping an open mind and being willing to listen to others, he could find solutions that worked for everyone.
In today’s world, it seems like everyone blames the other person for things gone wrong. Eisenhower, on the other hand, frequently blamed himself for failures. In a now well-famously published telegram, Eisenhower blamed the failed invasion at Normandy on himself. The telegram stated:
“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold, and I have withdrawn the troops.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 and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air, and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.”
Luckily for the world, the invasion was a success, and D-day was a turning point in the war.
President Eisenhower achieved such great things because of his ability to communicate with others. He would frequently ask people their opinions and then listen to what they had to say. This showed that he cared about their input and was willing to work together with them to find a solution.
This humility was one of the things that made Eisenhower a great leader. He knew that he couldn’t do everything by himself, and he was willing to listen to others. By taking other people’s opinions into account, he could come up with solutions that worked for everyone.
In today’s culture, we are too willing to point the finger. Politicians point it across the aisle, co-workers toward each other, bosses to subordinates, and so on. Accountability starts within. If we’re not willing to take responsibility for our actions, how can we ever fix the world’s problems?
The next time you find yourself in an argument, try taking a page out of Eisenhower’s playbook. Ask the other person their opinion, and then listen to what they say. You may be surprised at how much progress you can make by working together.