Byron's Babbles

Formula For Success

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on July 6, 2022

Ulysses S. Grant’s first in person meeting of Abraham Lincoln was when he was raised to Lieutenant General and given command of the entire National military operation of the Civil War. According to General Ulysses S. Grant in his autobiography, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, President Lincoln told him all he (Lincoln) wanted was someone to take responsibility and act. In return, Lincoln would give all the support afforded to him by his position in government. Grant said that Lincoln, as a self taught military strategist would give him his ideas, but left the use of the ideas up to Grant. This was the perfect ethos for Grant. No one wants a leader who sits back and watches as their team does all the hard work. A responsible leader rolls up their sleeves and is involved in projects. No matter the size of the project or how long it’ll take to complete, a leader should want to be a part of it to help in any way they can.

It was a liberating concept for Grant. The responsibility was his, and it started with developing a belief or habit of mind that he, as an individual, was accountable for the quality and timeliness of the outcomes of the rebellion battle campaigns. Grant owned the obligation to take action and deliver results. But he also knew that President Lincoln would support him in every way he could. This was a formula for success. Grant had a results-based view of his own leadership role. No matter how great a military strategist he was, his effectiveness was ultimately defined by the results of all military entities. The responsible leader ensures the group successfully drives for results.

In a world where everything continues to become more and more complex, determined and innovative problem-solving will need to come from those who are ready to take responsibility and act. Living with responsibility can make us stronger and more action-oriented individuals. It’s up to all of us, because everyone is a leader, to make change and take responsibility for outcomes in our personal, professional, and global lives. Are you ready to get started?


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