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Gettysburg Leadership Institute

This program is offered once a year for three days in the late spring and is limited to a group of 30 senior local government managers, with preference given to ICMA Credentialed Managers.

Registration Information

  • Dates: April 29-May 1, 2015
  • Fee: $895 for ICMA members ($995 for non-members)  Team rates are available; for details contact flittky@icma.org
  • The application process for 2015 will open soon.

Overview

Each April or May, a small group of no more than 30 senior local government managers will meet to study the leadership lessons of Gettysburg. This is a unique opportunity to join colleagues in an exploration of personal leadership, organizational effectiveness, and the lessons of history.

The leadership lessons of the battle of Gettysburg, the leadership styles of Lincoln and Eisenhower, and the aftermath or disaster recovery of the town of Gettysburg after the battle of 1863 form the core of this site specific leadership institute offered in conjuntion with the Gettysburg Foundation.

Background

In July of 1863, the turning point of the American Civil War occurred at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Here, General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army of 75,000 men and the 97,000-strong Northern Army of General George Meade met, by chance, when a Confederate brigade sent there for supplies observed a forward column of Meade’s Calvary. Of the more than 2,000 land engagements of the Civil War, Gettysburg ranks supreme. Although these battles did not end the war, nor attain any major war aim for either North or South, it remains the great battle of the war and with it brings great leadership lessons of strategy, flexibility, communication, rigor, organizational function, and dysfunction that are applicable to effective local government today.  

Institute Schedule

Day One: preparation for the leadership lessons of Gettysburg continues as we review the institute's agenda, view Gettysburg (the film), have dinner, and begin our leadership discussion.

Day Two:  Begins at the Gettysburg Foundation Museum for a brief overview of the historical context and strategic importance of the Battle of Gettysburg.  We will talk about the command structures, strategies, and methods of communication during the battle, which contain relevant examples for today’s leaders in decision-making, team building, and planning strategies for success. With the aid of a professional interpretive guide who has a rare passion for and understanding of the Gettysburg experience, we will visit the battle lines of North and South.  As part of the tour we will leave the bus and, on the field bisected by the Emmitsburg Road south of the borough of Gettysburg, we will walk the field of the famous Pickett’s Charge. We'll study good and bad examples of leadership, the importance of communication, leading by example, recognizing and appropriately utilizing talent and skill, understanding the benefits and limitations of the tools and resources available. 

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Gettysburg 2014 participants. Photo courtesy of The Gettysburg Foundation

Day Three: Begins with breakfast at the Gettysburg Museum and more discussion over of the impact of leadership during the battle. Then the group will then enter a museum classroom for a study of contemporary and historical leadership styles ending with President Abraham Lincoln’s trip to dedicate the National Cemetery with a “few appropriate remarks” that lasted only two minutes and which we know as the Gettysburg Address. In the afternoon, we will walk the hallowed ground of the National Cemetery with a special interpretive guide and participate in other learning activities. As part of a walking tour, we will study the impact of the battle on the population of 2,000, which had to provide services for the more than 51,000 casualties as a result of the battle. Over 152,455 men and 550 cannons were positioned in an area encompassing 25 square miles. Additionally, an estimated 569 tons of ammunition was expended and, when the battle had ended, 5,000 dead horses and the other wreckage of war presented a scene of terrible devastation, which will serve as a case study on disaster management.  We will wrap up with a debriefing at the Gettysburg Museum Ford Education Center.

Enrollment Information:

Applications: The application process will open soon.  Application does not ensure acceptance into program.

Cost: $895 for ICMA members ($995 for non-members) which includes all interpretive fees and materials, bus transportation, dinner on Wednesday, lunch on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday. Team rates are also available.  Register before January 3 to receive a $100 discount.  Application submission is not guarantee of acceptance.   ICMA Credentialed Managers will be given preferential acceptance.

Dates: April 29-May 1, 2015

Lodging: Gettysburg Hotel; 1 Lincoln Square; special room rates available to ICMA attendees.  Do not book hotel until you have been accepted into the Institute.

Required pre-reading: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Contact: If you have questions, please e-mail customerservices@icma.org

Agenda

Wednesday

Arrival 3:00 pm

Opening Session (3:30 pm) and Dinner—hotel

Thursday

Leadership Lessons of the Battlefield

Lunch—Box Lunch on the Battlefield

Friday

Breakfast—Gettysburg Museum

Abraham Lincoln: Mission Driven Leadership

Lunch—on your own

Gettysburg National Cemetery

Gettysburg:  The Battle and Aftermath

The Town Experience: Case study of disaster management