The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle ever fought on the North American continent and involved over 52,000 casualties in less than one day’s time of total fighting over a three-day period.  The victory of the Union Army of the Potomac over Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s seemingly invincible Army of Northern Virginia was a surprise to all concerned at the time, and, combined with the Confederate surrender at Vicksburg the following day, July 4, 1863, was undeniably the turning point in the American Civil War.

The example of the Confederate high command’s reliance on past practices which had produced success up to that point in the war, and its inability to adapt to the dramatic changes posed by the circumstances at Gettysburg, stands in stark contrast to that of the Union army’s strong alignment and creative initiative in operating cohesively, differing significantly from its operational record in prior battles.  How this contrast is driven so clearly by obvious actions and inactions of key leaders provides a vivid leadership case study of immeasurable relevance for contemporary business leaders.


 Who Should Attend

The character-based leadership training principles presented through The Gettysburg Leadership Training Experience can be tailored to meet the needs of the highest level senior leaders to the less-experienced yet rising leaders within an organization.  The Gettysburg Leadership program offers universal leadership themes upon which any leader will find beneficial to his or her career growth and/or organizational aspirations.

Leadership Elements Explored

This rich and engaging battlefield metaphor provides an ideal setting within which to discuss many leadership dimensions, including:

  • A leader’s role in creating conditions for success

  • Creating and communicating a clear vision in the midst of uncertainty

  • Building and effectively sustaining both leadership teams and teams of leaders

  • The role of trust in team cohesion and collective performance

  • Making better and faster decisions in a more inclusive manner

Proven Benefits of our Program 

Through our exploration of the battle, participants of the Gettysburg Leadership Training Experience will take away a number of benefits.  Rich in character-based leadership, this leadership lesson from history provides participants further insights into:

  • The role of the leaders in shaping the future

  • Building and sustaining teams

  • Managing processes

  • Nurturing learning

  • Maintaining order through chaos

  • Effectively communicating and understanding intent, setting clear direction and expectations, and achieving organizational alignment