Program Content

Ed Ruggero’s Gettysburg Leadership Experience is an individualized two-day program designed to help your organization create its next generation of leaders. While the basic itinerary for the experience generally follows the sample agenda below, this is not an off-the-shelf solution. Before we develop your specific program, we begin with a series of calls to get to know you, your organization, and your specific objectives.


Day 1: Evening

The two-day Gettysburg Leadership Experience begins with a private reception and dinner at the historic Antrim 1844 Country House just outside Gettysburg, where participants discuss current leadership challenges and Ed Ruggero sets the stage for the next day’s battlefield visit.

Day 2: Full Day

After a full breakfast at the mansion, spend the day at the battlefield, where Ed Ruggero will walk you through an engaging, on-the-ground presentation of leadership moments from the battle and help you identify their connection to your organization’s particular challenges.

Following the day’s adventures, you’ll have a chance to tour the Gettysburg Visitors’ Center and Museum before returning to Antrim 1844 Country House for a private reception and dinner.

Day 3: Morning

You’ll enjoy a full breakfast at the Antrim 1844 Country House, followed by a leadership workshop to discuss the application of principles learned on the battlefield to leadership challenges today. You’ll work with Ed Ruggero to develop your own Personal Leadership Philosophy, which will help to guide your organization well beyond the program’s completion.

Attendees of Ed Ruggero’s Gettysburg Leadership Experience are eligible for 24 PDUs from the Project Management Institute.

Program Content

The following story illustrates Ed Ruggero’s use of history to explore principles of leadership in action:

John Buford: Inaction is Not an Option

Federal cavalry officer John Buford arrived in Gettysburg on the afternoon of June 30, 1863, to investigate reports that Confederate infantry had been spotted north and west of the crossroads town.

Buford had no specific plan from his higher-ups. He had limited information as to the whereabouts of the aggressive and dangerous Confederate army, though he knew his small force would be outgunned. In the absence of instructions, Buford stepped up and took charge, taking an enormous, though calculated, risk. He chose the battlefield, selecting ground that would work to his advantage; called for help; and kept his superiors informed. His choices shaped the battle that became a turning point of the war.

John Buford was able to become a take-charge leader because of the lessons and experiences he absorbed in the Army. A longtime cavalry officer, he was used to being sent on missions far from headquarters, where he was left to figure out on his own the right thing to do.

If you want John Bufords in your organization—that is, people who will step up and take charge, who will seek to do the right thing even though they have imperfect information and face novel or even frightening situations—what kind of culture must you create? What culture do you have now? Do you reward people who take necessary risks? Do your people know you expect them to take charge, or do you just think they know? Do you punish people who take risks when they make a mistake, or is there room to fail and learn in your organization? What tools do you give people to deal with rapidly changing circumstances?

This is just one of the many extraordinary leadership moments that occurred at the Battle of Gettysburg, and these are just a few examples of the types of questions that will help spark a learning conversation for you and your team. To learn more about how Ed Ruggero’s Gettysburg Leadership Experience can help your team, take the next step and contact us today.

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