Lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg

Original presentation of “Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg and Beyond”

In the Fall of 2014 I attended a “staff ride” as a member fo the Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team (CVAHIMT). Our ride took us to Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This is where “Lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg” was born.

To begin I created a knowledge transfer sheet for my IMT teammates that could not attend. Next I put together a presentation that I’ve shared ad several conferences. Not long ago I used these materials to provide the listeners with a unique perspective on leadership actions taken during the Battle of Gettysburg by leaders from both the Union and Confederate armies.

As I listened to our U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Type 1 IMT mentors I quickly realized the knowledge being shared with me through examples of strengths and areas for improvement apply to Incident Management, Emergency Management and Project Management leaders of today.

Listen here! – Lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg (originally aired on Nov 21, 2018)

Learning Objectives from this Episode:

  • Learn the history of the battle
    • Why Gettysburg?
    • At what cost?
      • 51, 112 casualties
      • est. 7 million rounds of ammunition
      • 80 tons of bread per day (x 3 days)
  • Profiles in Leadership
    • Maj. General John Buford – Adaptability & Delegation
    • Lt. General Richard Ewell – Ego & Indecision
    • Maj. General Dan Sickles – Strategic vs. Tactical
    • Col. Joshua Chamberlain – P.A.C.E. Planning
    • Maj. General George Pickett – Giving Tough Orders
    • Maj. General George Meade – Deconflicting Communication
    • General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant – Being Imperturbable

Great Gettysburg Resources:

Stay safe, wash your hands and Godspeed,


Kevin Pannell, PMP, Creator & Host, ‘People, Process, Progress’ podcast
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