It is increasingly evident to me that to achieve anything significant, one ought to be resolute and unwavering on that which must be achieved.
Having said this, there has never been a great achievement in history, whose realisation came about from the perspiration of one person. For this reason, once the goal is set, it becomes the role of the leader to persuade others to commit all their time and energy to this in lieu of that.
Once these commitments are granted, it becomes the role of the leader to abstain from obtruding in the details of the undertaking. This should be done out of acknowledging that there are only 24 hours in a day and more importantly out of appreciating that those working on this dream do so at the cost of everything else they could be doing; one might as well trust them out of appreciation of their sacrifice.
The irony of this is that the leader must be lead through the undertaking by the trustees of his vision while remaining cognizant of what matters. It is prudent to avoid being roused to excitement by plans and strategies but rather successes and failures. With this in mind it becomes easy to tell apart prophets from generals.
Having recently concluded the book, “The Life of Abraham Lincoln.”, perhaps it is appropriate to close with a quote from his journal; evidence that what must be done is never subject to discussion. The discussion should be, rather on how it must be done.
It had got to be midsummer, 1862…. I now determined upon the adoption of the emancipation policy; and without consultation with, or knowledge of, the cabinet, I prepared the original draft of the proclamation, and after much anxious thought called a cabinet meeting upon the subject…. I said to the cabinet that I had resolved upon this step, and had not called them together to ask their advice, but to lay the subject-matter of a proclamation before them, suggestions as to which would be in order after they had heard it read.