Leadership 101

Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort. 

– Coach Vince Lombardi

Are leaders made or born? What are some of the basic aspects of leadership that all those placed in positions of responsibility should consider? This seminar will confront critical leadership questions and address some of the myths that surround the concept of leadership. Participants will learn strategies for confronting their own leadership challenges and how to overcome them successfully while helping to develop other great leaders.

Learning Objectives:

  • The importance of leadership development for future success of organizations.
  • Understand leadership myths and how to dispel them.
  • A familiarity with some great leaders throughout history and how to incorporate their strategies/styles in one’s own work.

The Battle of Antietam


Do your duty in all things.  You cannot do more, you should never with to do less.

-Robert E. Lee

The Battle of Antietam is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing. In order to understand how and why battles are fought it is important to first understand the larger operational, strategic, and political context in which they occur.  This workshop begins with a brief seminar to provide an overview and leadership context for the Battle of Antietam. This is designed to help participants gain a clearer understanding of key leaders and the days’ events.  Then, led by a battlefield historian and leadership facilitator they will experience Antietam first-hand and learn about the leaders involved, how they made the decisions, and their motivations for those decisions. With this information we will further discuss important leadership lessons and how they apply to a contemporary organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss leadership styles and their importance in leading an organization
  • Understand and apply the concepts of adapt, innovate and overcome effectively in an organization
  • Open discussions around strategic leadership, strategic vision, innovation, communications in an organization, “leading the boss” and emotional intelligence 

Learn more about the location:
National Park Service, Antietam: https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm

Conflict Resolution

To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.
– Confucius

One of the most important (and often the most difficult) things that leaders do at all levels is to prevent or resolve conflict. A “conflict” is a disagreement between interdependent people about goals, aims, and/or values. Leaders should not seek conflict but expect that it will occur in moving the organization ahead. While it is frequently destructive, it can also have positive outcomes if handled properly. This seminar examines the following questions: What is conflict? Can it be constructive as well as destructive to an organization? What is the cycle or phases of a conflict? How can I deal with conflict as a leader and seek resolution?

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the different types of conflicts and how to identify them in their own organization
  • Understand how to resolve the most difficult or most irreconcilable conflicts
  • How to read the “warning signs” in an organization that may create conflict and how to divert the focus back to the mission and vision of the group

Leadership in a Media Driven World

Successful leaders are constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to “leverage” the media to communicate their vision, increase their market share, broaden the organization’s reach and enhance their reputation. As a leader you must recognize that you and your organization could come under the medias microscope at any moment – be it the hiring of a controversial CEO, financial crisis, the leak of sensitive information, a tragic accident, or an inadvertent “Tweet”! Every organization will face some kind of press at one point or another – positive AND negative. At those critical moments in the life of any organization it is important to realize that the perceptions portrayed by the media are, in fact, reality. The big question is….are you ready for that reality?

Learning Objectives:

  • Guidelines for how best to deal with the media to avoid misconceptions and misinterpretations
  • How to present your organizations message using the various media outlets – during day to day operations AND crisis situations
  • How to “join forces” with the media for the to create a positive and beneficial relationship

Executive Wellness

Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are to the dead.
– Aristotle

All leaders are susceptible to the same common health and lifestyle as any human being – eating on the go, eating poorly, lack of exercise, weight gain and other more serious health issues. Their health is often further threatened by the stress associated with their position. To ensure the success of an organization it is crucial to ensure the overall health and well-being of their senior leadership and employees. This seminar reviews the primary wellness challenges confronting leaders and makes recommendation on how to improve overall health and wellness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand ailments and serious health conditions facing leaders and professionals in America
  • Understand the relationship between self care and improved relationships
  • Learn strategies for healthy eating and successful exercise

Leadership in Four Directions

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
– John F. Kennedy

All leaders “lead in four directions.” They lead their boss, peers, subordinates/employees and themselves! In this seminar participants will take a critical look at these dimensions and discover various ways to be successful in all four directions. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of all their leadership roles and how to lead more confidently in all four directions and in the end be a valuable asset to their organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the four directions of leadership and how they pertain to each participant
  • Learn how to comfortably lead in all situations
  • Strategies for troubleshooting difficult leadership situation and challenges

The Battle of Gettysburg

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

-Abraham Lincoln

The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle ever fought on the North American continent. The workshop begins with an overview of the battle.  This provides the contextual background essential to understanding strategic leadership decisions that were made by both the North and South that set the stage for this iconic event.  Following this overview, participants will spend a day on the actual battlefield with a leadership facilitator and Gettysburg historian. They will be introduced to and asked to examine three essential keys to leadership – adapt, innovate, overcome. Our day on the Gettysburg Battlefield will illustrate these concepts clearly and how they can apply the lessons from Gettysburg to their own growth as leaders. The workshop concludes at the cemetery where Lincoln delivered the famed Gettysburg Address and a group discussion that evening to highlight the leadership lessons learned on the battlefield.

On-the-Road Option

Save time and money with our Gettysburg On-the-Road Workshop! Through video clips, group exercises and active discussion our leadership facilitator and historian bring the battle and its leadership lessons to you. This workshop can be held at any location of your choosing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss leadership styles and their importance in leading an organization
  • Understand and apply the concepts of adapt, innovate and overcome effectively in an organization
  • Open discussions around strategic leadership, strategic vision, innovation, effective communications in an organization, “leading the boss” and emotional intelligence

Learn more about the location:
Gettysburg Foundation and Museum http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/