Waterloo Leadership Experience

This well documented and famous period of European and military history aptly demonstrates the leadership and team building challenges faced not only by Napoleon Bonaparte and his marshals, but also the international coalition arrayed against him. The Hundred Days (les Cent Jours), sometimes known as the Hundred Days of Napoleon or Napoleon's Hundred Days, marked the period between Emperor Napoleon I 's return from exile on the small island of Elba to Paris on March 20,1815 and the second restoration of King Louis XVIII on July 8, 1815 (111 days).

This was the last gasp of Napoleon and it witnessed the brilliance and the limitations of Napoleon as a leader and, equally, the strengths and weaknesses of the coalition command that opposed him. It was arguably the most important of all the Napoleonic Wars and this so-called War of the Seventh Coalition pitted Napoleon and the armies of France against the combined and united armies of Europe, most notably Britain, Prussia, and the Netherlands. 


This rich and engaging battlefield metaphor provides an ideal setting within which to discuss many leadership training principles, practices and themes, including:

  • A leader’s role in creating conditions for success
  • Influencing effectively
  • Establishing a climate of commitment and readiness
  • Structuring a cohesive operation across international political boundaries and systems of authority
  • Building and effectively sustaining both leadership teams and teams of leaders
  • Creating a sense of order in the chaos of a rapidly changing environment
  • Leveraging the power of technological change
  • Balancing the sense of strategic opportunity with the calculation of immediate tactical risks
  • Filtering critical initiatives from the multiplicity of important tasks
  • Creating an environment fostering initiative and ownershiP

Through our exploration of the battle, participants of the Napoleon’s Hundred Days Leadership Experience will derive a number of benefits. Rich in models of character-based leadership, this leadership training from history provides participants further insights into:

  • The role of the leaders in shaping the future
  • Building and sustaining teams
  • Managing processes
  • Nurturing learning
  • Managing order through chaos
  • Effectively communicating and understanding intent, setting clear direction and expectations, and achieving organizational alignment

Greater Team Cohesion -- In addition to gaining these benefits and experiencing new perspectives on leadership, group participants will also derive a greater esprit de corps.  When intact teams participate together and share a common experience, the result is highly impactful and can contribute greatly to achieving organizational alignment.

Tailored Customization -- An important benefit to participants and organizations alike is when we customize the content of a program and/or place emphasis on a leadership aspect that has been deemed critical to the participating organization.By gathering information from pre-session interviews or teleconferences with program sponsors and/or HR leaders, we can focus in on specific events, characters and dynamics of the battle and its leaders to make the program highly relevant and situational to all participants and the needs of that organization. Additionally, our battlefield programs can be modified to use and integrate a company’s respective core competencies and leadership models. Further, program agendas can be adjusted to meet specific time constraints and desires of the participant companies.