what is it?

The Gettysburg Leadership Experience utilizes an on-site series of visits to the Gettysburg Battlefield as the backdrop for a unique leadership development experience. Focusing on the challenges faced by the Union and Confederate leaders in 1863, during a time of crisis and action, we begin with a historical setting discussion and then use a seminar format to consider contemporary business challenges and methods to improve the overall business environment.

Throughout the Gettysburg Leadership Experience, the historical context of the battle will be used to emphasize the role of the leader to shape the future, to build and sustain teams, to manage process, and to nurture learning. At the conclusion of our battlefield maneuvers, we will discuss application for business leadership, building employee commitment, and individual development going forward in your organization.


  • Dates scheduled based on availability


The Evening Before
We will collect over dinner, the night before the start of the workshop, and consider the challenges and opportunities of one of the most climactic military campaigns of the 19th Century.

Day One—A study of July 1 and 2, 1863
We will start off the day on the western outskirts of Gettysburg where the Confederate troops first encountered the Union troops lead by General Buford. We relive July 1, 1863, when a chance encounter led to the onset of the largest battle ever waged on the North American continent. In the afternoon, we will examine the orchestrated battle of July 2, when we analyze the role of the individual to shape events and the problems of communicating intent and execution.

Day Two—A Study of July 3, 1863
On the morning of the second day, we will walk Pickett’s Charge and visit the National Military Cemetery, where Lincoln delivered his immortal address. At noon, we will return to our hotel and review the relevance of the Battle of Gettysburg and the leadership lessons learned that are applicable to our businesses.


A “staff ride” (modeled after that used at the military academies)—a long-standing military technique used for to coaching military officers—represents the context in which our leadership experience unfolds. This method has been used with advanced military students to encourage their thinking about future leadership challenges and contemporary solutions within the context of significant actions from the past.

The Battlefield as a Source to Heighten Our Awareness

In our Gettysburg Leadership Experience, with history as a vehicle for discussion of contemporary concerns, we will:

  • Consider the importance of planning, alongside the overriding importance of improvising within the framework provided by such plans.
  • Ask how information is gathered, how decisions are made, and how these decisions are communicated and modified.
  • Contemplate human motivation in the face of tremendous obstacles.
  • Confront the operation of “chance” or “luck” in human affairs.
  • Study and discuss the different leadership types and styles found in trying situations.


Our facilitators for the Gettysburg Leadership Experience are “a noted historian” and Dr. Fred Broder, a leading change management consultant with over twenty years of applied leadership and sales training experience.


The entire cost of the 2-day Gettysburg Leadership Experience ranges between $3,000 to $4,800, per participant, depending upon the number of participants in your leadership team. This includes the training, 2 nights of lodging, meals, seminar materials and bus travel around the battlefield.


Contact Dr. Fred Broder at (770) 392-0382 or fred@fredbroder.com for additional information or to register. Do not delay; register now! Each session will be limited to no more than 20 participants.


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