Battlefield Programs

Battle-based Experiential Leadership Training 

Battlefield Leadership offers a variety of onsite programs, all of which showcase vivid and profoundly impressive leadership lessons from history. Our battlefield-based leadership training sessions vary from two to four days in length and use great battles from military history as intensive case studies as a basis for examining and learning about contemporary business leadership practices. Programs are conducted on location, on the actual terrain of the historic battles, and feature lodging and meeting venues which are as period-authentic as possible.

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Alamo Leadership Experience

San Antonio, Texas

This landmark battle in United States history depicts Texian determination and tactical innovation in an attempt to overcome insurmountable odds. From the Mexican perspective, underestimating the competition, as well as a sense of complacency and inflexibility undermine operational effectiveness. The battlefield in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio resounds with the cry “Remember the Alamo!”

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Antietam Leadership Experience

Sharpsburg, Maryland

The story of how the Union army chances upon a lost copy of Lee's Special Order 191, which details Lee's separation of his army and his plans for attack, and forces Lee to modify his tactical plan to react with the partsof his army available to him at the time the Union moves to counter his planned offensive, is a model for contemporary corporate environments in which the planned execution of strategy is frequently altered by changes in the external environment...

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The Bulge Leadership Experience

Belgium and France

The Battle of the Bulge experience uses this monumental and pivotal battle – the largest single battle in the history of the United States Military– as a vehicle to examine how leaders of large and complex organizations addressed extraordinary and unforeseen challenges to achieve their individual group and larger organization objectives.

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Chickamauga Leadership Experience

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The September 1863 Battle of Chickamauga (in Northwest Georgia) provides a rich metaphor for exploring the leadership skills required to survive and succeed today’s business environment. The Battle of Chickamauga provides a strong framework from which to discuss how leaders view, plan and mobilize around a strategic focal point.

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Cowpens Leadership Experience

Spartanburg, South Carolina

The story of how an adaptive commander of a small and under-resourced American Army of volunteers, regulars and militia engineered a brilliant tactical victory against superior British forces is a compelling vignette which addresses many leadership dynamics of contemporary relevance.

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Gettysburg Leadership Experience

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Gettysburg experience uses the July, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg as a leadership case study to focus on the challenges faced by leaders of large and complex organizations engaged in actions which shaped our nation’s history. The Battle of Gettysburg is an excellent metaphor from which to discuss and explore leadership principles.

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Kennesaw Mountain Leadership Experience

Marietta, GA (outskirts of Atlanta)

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was the last major Confederate defensive prior to the battles for Atlanta during Sherman’s March to the Sea.  Its consequences were far-reaching and portended the inevitability of defeat for the Confederacy in the War Between the States: Johnston’s replacement as Army commander by the impetuous John Bell Hood evidenced the rapidly growing desperation of President Jefferson Davis, and Sherman’s capture of Atlanta on September 2, 1864 gave the Northern population confidence in Abraham Lincoln’s ability to bring an end to the War, leading to his re-election in November finally sealing the fate of the Confederacy and its bid for independence.

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Little Big Horn Leadership Experience

Crow Agency, Montana

The Battle of the Little Bighorn, also called Custer's Last Stand, occurred over two days on June 25-26, 1876 near the Little Big Horn River in eastern Montana. The stunning victory of the combined forces of the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne tribes against the 7th Cavalry of the U.S. Army was the most famous of all of the Indian Wars.

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Malta: The Great Siege Leadership Experience

Island of Malta

The lastt great campaign of the Ottoman Empire aimed at the conquest of Europe and Christendom was embodied in the Great Siege of Malta. The story of how a small international coalition of forces, held off the largest armada assembled since antiquity is directly applicable to multinational enterprise today, and the principal characters in the story embody powerfully instructive examples and lessons of leadership relevant to the ever-changing and fast-paced contemporary business environment. 

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Normandy: D-Day Leadership Experience

Coastal Normandy, France

The Normandy Invasion, and D-Day specifically, is a rich and stimulating source of leadership insight relevant to the challenges (and opportunities) of the current global business environment. Planning, organization, communication, teamwork and initiative amidst profound and increasingly rapid changes in circumstance are as critical now to effective execution as they were in 1944.

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Normandy: Breakout to Entrapment Leadership Experience

Inland Normandy, France

This 3.5 day program examines leadership in the Allied and German efforts involved in the aftermath of the D-Day Invasion. The study of leadership focuses on Phases II and III of the Campaign for Normandy, generally called the Breakout from the Bocage and the Entrapment in the Chambois Corridor, and the movement of the allied armies from the Normandy Coast to the capture of Paris.

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Shiloh Leadership Experience

Savannah, Tennessee (near Memphis)

The April 6-7, 1862 Battle of Shiloh (in Southwestern Tennessee), pitted Union General U.S. Grant against Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston.  Bloody Shiloh, as the battle became known, was a turning point for the Union high command related to the strategy for future warfare against the Confederacy. It is a vivid portrayal of adaptive leadership in a volatile, unpredictable, complex, and ambiguous environment.

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