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Lessons from the Battlefield

So, apparently Robert E. Lee had the same management succession problems that we do.
Last week I walked “In the Footsteps of Leaders,” the leadership course run at (and on!) the Battlefield by the Gettysburg Foundation. It was probably the best program of its sort in which I ever participated. The brilliant and energetic guides made the decision-making and issues that led to the Battle’s results come alive and relevant to the organization’s managers. Against a backdrop of an American history watershed and on consecrated ground, this program showed the value of key factors in leadership: communications, strategic planning, succession, delegation, adaptability and empathy. The experience resonated so much with this group that the next level of managers have already been scheduled to go through the program. Thank you and kudos to all involved in this worthy endeavor.