Pacific War Leadership Experience

Located at the National Museum of the Pacific War, located in Fredericksburg,TX this program examines the action and decisions of many key leaders in the critical engagements that shaped the outcome of WWII in The Pacific. From Midway to Guadal Canal, Peleliu, IwoJima, Okinawa, the Leyte Gulf, and little-known Buna-Gona, allied and Japanese commanders demonstrate how aligned teams and mission focus amidst ambiguity and chaos drive organizational agility (or the lack thereof) to shape results. Case studies are explored in state of the art museum display settings and in exhibits in neighboring facilities.

The focus on leadership in this program follows the actions of the Allied response to Japanese aggression and expansion in the Pacific prior to 1942.  The case studies examine such figures as Admiral Nimitz at Midway, Marine Major General Vandegrift in the attack on Guadalcanal, Army Major General Eichelberger in the little-known Battle of Buna-Gona, Marine General Rupertus at Peleliu, Admirals Halsey, Kurita and Ozawa in the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, and Army Lt General Buckner at Okinawa.  In dramatically different scenarios, the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the organizations involved hinged on the ability of leaders to utilize the following Leadership Elements:

 

 Leadership Elements Explored

  • Adapt quickly and decisively to change and condition organizations to  respond with agility

  • Drive growth in organizational capability and instill/sustain a desired culture of performance and organizational climate

  • Improve and support the quality of decision-making

  • Effectively delegate and empower subordinates

  • Leverage available intelligence to gain a competitive advantage

  • Create and maintain strong mission focus

  • Make sound decisions with unclear and incomplete information

  • Forge alignment across internal boundaries and harness diverse capabilities in an aligned direction

  • Collaborate effectively and coordinate activity

Methodology & Delivery

The vivid imagery of state-of-the art museum displays and the authenticity of settings on the grounds of the museum complex stimulates strong internalization of the examples of leadership portrayed through the experience of the selected events of World War II in the Pacific Theater. The multi-media surroundings amplify the realism of the setting in which these memorable leaders and their actions are discussed, and the discussions anchor the leadership examples in similar dynamics from contemporary work environments to ensure the clear transfer of lessons from The Pacific to the workplace.