Gettysburg Leadership Experience

This experiential, multiday program designed for co-op CEOs, senior leaders and their board chairs and directors, examines the leadership styles, decisions and principles displayed by military leaders before, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg.

“The Gettysburg Leadership Experience incorporates indoor classroom instruction and outdoor battlefield tours daily. Appropriate clothing for the elements is strongly suggested as you will be transitioning between indoor instruction and outdoor battlefield tours throughout each day. Be sure to consider waterproof footwear for these outings Pickett’s Charge is a one mile walk through often muddy fields. If anyone is unable to walk this distance, they may ride on the bus with an instructor to narrate and meet the group at The Angle for conclusion.”

Gettysburg. For three tumultuous days in 1863, it was the backdrop for one of the Civil War’s most dynamic encounters. Decisions made, opportunities missed, passions sparked and conversations avoided changed the course of our country. Today, this historically sacred setting is the site of a powerful, soles-on-the-ground program that looks to those leaders, lessons and legacy with a clear, contemporary purpose: to set the stage for you to prepare for your greatest challenges.

NRECA has partnered with FCC Services, a consulting firm that serves the Farm Credit System, to offer the Gettysburg Leadership Experience to electric cooperative CEOs, senior leaders and directors.

Through classroom discussion, video illustrations and visits to the battlefield, participants will learn how to apply these timeless leadership lessons to current organizational situations and challenges.

Using a case study method, the two and one-half day workshop will focus on:

  • Anticipatory Leadership
  • Clarity of Communication
  • Transactional and Transformational Leadership
  • Predictable Surprises and Negotiating Difficult Conversations

These modules were specifically selected to help cooperative CEOs, senior leaders, and directors address contemporary issues facing our industry and your co-op and its workforce specifically. NRECA and FCC Services have worked together to hone and customize the case studies to ensure a solid connection with our industry.

Who Should Attend

This program is ideal for electric cooperative CEOs and senior leaders and directors or board chairs along with the CEO. Whether you intend to better your board, cooperative, or yourself, come claim your high ground. Capacity is limited.

Suggested Reading

To ensure an optimum learning experience, we suggest you obtain copies of the following material and view them prior to arriving to the event. Read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and/or watch Gettysburg (a movie starring Martin Sheen, Jeff Daniels and Tom Berenger). The book or movie can be obtained from your local library or purchased in physical copy or downloaded from a variety of online sources.

Additional Suggested Reading

Clark, Champ - Gettysburg: The Confederate High Tide (The Civil War Series), Time-Life Books, 1985

Coddington, Edwin B. - The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command, Touchstone, 1997

Foote, Shelby - Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign June-July 1863, Modern Library; 1st edition, 1994

Guelzo, Allen C. - Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2013

McPherson, James M. - Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, Oxford University Press, 1988

Shaara, Jeff - Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War, Ballantine Books; 1st Thus. Edition, 1998

Tucker, Glenn - High Tide at Gettysburg: The Campaign in Pennsylvania, Literary Licensing, LLC, 2011

Leadership Skills Assessment

Drawn from the Electric Cooperative Employee Competencies, our Leadership Skills Assessment was designed to help you understand which of NRECA's supervisory, management and leadership courses and events may be most appropriate for you. Learn more.


Gettysburg Leadership Experience for Co-op Leaders is being offered one additional time in October 2022:

  • October 5-7

Looking to earn credit?

Earn credits toward your Board Leadership Certificate (BLC). If you’ve already earned your BLC credentials, earn the credits you need to achieve Director Gold status.




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About the Location
In Gettysburg, you can eat authentic Civil War era foods, sleep in a restored historic inn, and discover over 25 museums and resort attractions. Visit the scene of the Gettysburg Address, Picket's Charge, and Robert E. Lee's Headquarters.
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There are four major international airports within two hours of Gettysburg – Philadelphia (PHI), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), Washington Dulles (IAD) and Washington Reagan (DCA) -- and one fair-sized regional airport in Harrisburg.

The most convenient airport to and from Gettysburg in terms of the number of flight options in and out, travel time it takes getting to and from Gettysburg, and with the least amount of traffic to deal with is Baltimore-Washington International (BWI).

Harrisburg Regional Airport is 45 minutes away, but has limited flights and they can be expensive.

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