In partnership with Leader Armor, LLC we provide a unique leadership training experience at the Gettysburg Battlefield located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

What students have said about the course.

“The best leadership class I have attended in my 33 years of law enforcement”.  -Sergeant Scarff.

“Excellent class participation techniques. Without question you found the right guide. Excellent presentation of the battle, its leaders and how it relates to law enforcement”.  -Sergeant Zweigle.

“I really enjoyed the length of the class and the interaction.”  – Dir. Wadding.

The Gettysburg Battlefield is widely known as the turning point of the Civil War.  We use this event to study leadership principles.  Many visit the battlefield to gain insight and to understand the events and decisions that led up to this turning point.   Leaders from both sides met on the battlefield, crucial decisions were made, and notable engagements changed the tide of the war.

In this in-depth 2-day course, you will learn and discuss leadership styles and decisions made before, during and after the 3-day battle.   Through classroom discussions, maps, pictures, videos, and an actual battlefield tour, you will be immersed in this historic event to thoroughly understand and apply leadership lessons to today’s world of law enforcement.

Leaders are made, not born. Through this unique experience you will walk away with mentoring tools, battlefield analogies, historical lessons, and leadership principles that can be immediately applied to your agency and community to strengthen organizational leadership.

 Course Topics

The developers of this unique training platform are current or retired public safety practitioners.  Our instructors understand the value of teaching from the same background and experience base as the students.  The course curriculum will help the public safety practitioner apply the leadership principles immediately with unequivocal relevancy to the job as a leader in that field.   Course topics include:

Abraham Lincoln – Leading a Divided House

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.  Learn about his leadership style, how he handled the dynamics of the Civil War, and the impact it made on the nation.     Leading with integrity and high moral ethics, learn how Lincoln navigated the personalities of those who had strong opinions contrary to his belief and how he pressed his generals to be aggressive in the war against the Confederacy.  Lincoln was precise and intentional in his leadership.  To re-shape the country with his high moral and ethical values, he led our nation to a pinnacle of controversy and ultimately to a hiatus of peace, mending the wounds of a war-torn nation.

Followership & Decision Making – General John Buford

Riding into Gettysburg, the role of cavalry was to observe and report.   Calvary units were not intended to be deployed in a protracted fight, but General Buford made the decision to engage the Confederate Army in Gettysburg against larger odds.  He made the right tactical decision, to maintain the high ground and delay the Confederate forces from taking the town.   His strategy allowed the Union Army to make its way to Gettysburg and support an engagement that benefited the Union.    Learn about General Buford and his decision to stay and fight in Gettysburg, and the person who changed the role of cavalry.    See what events immediately followed his decision to defend the town.

Transformational and Transactional Leadership Principles – Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

The college professor turned soldier was the key to holding the Union line during the Confederate assault along the battle line that stretched from Little Round Top to Culp’s Hill.   Because of his leadership and valiant effort to hold the far left flank of the Union line, it prevented the Confederates from moving around the Union force and decimating the entire Union Army in Gettysburg.  The modern leadership models of today can be seen in Colonel Chamberlain’s decision to act, using his 20th Maine to hold a larger force of Confederates.  See how his model leadership affirms in the principles of transformational and transactional leadership; and how this can be immediately applied to policing in today’s world.

Cohesion and Communication – General Robert Lee and General George Meade

The Union Army and Confederate Army were commanded differently.  They had their distinct attributes of accountability, communication, and cohesion.  Each side had its own strengths and weaknesses.  Students will learn about the two opposing generals, General Lee and General Meade.  Each had different leadership characteristics, communication styles, and faced different odds.    Be inspired not only by the top generals, but also the staff underneath them, and the prelude to Pickett’s charge and ultimately to the end of the battle for Gettysburg.

Pickett’s Charge

This is one of the most important decisions made by the Confederacy.   You will learn, study, and examine the decisions that were made that led to this attack on the Union Army.   The decision to attack had dire consequences, and the leaders in the Confederate Army had differing opinions on the tactics.   You will also learn the dynamics between General Lee and General Longstreet before the charge, who led the charge, the background of the commanders, and how the Union responded to the attack.

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NEXT TRAINING DATES for the “Off-the-Field” Course.


NEXT TRAINING DATES for the “On-the-Field” Course.

May 11 – 12, 2017 in Gettysburg, PA.   Register HERE.