This is General Eisenhower’s letter, written on June 5, 1944, indicating that he alone was responsible for the failure of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th. Fortunately, it was a letter he was never required to send.

But it is an example of true leadership: a willingness to take a risk for the greater good, and a willingness to accept responsibility for success or failure. We see a similar level of personal…