Modern-Day Leadership Guidance from Civil War Era Leaders

In this episode, Modern-Day Leadership Guidance from Civil War Era Leaders with JD Baker of OMNA International, JD Baker and I discuss critical leadership transitions that preceded the Battle of Gettysburg. We talk about well-known Civil War leaders like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. We also review the vital role of some critical but often overlooked leaders like George Meade and John Buford. During our discussion, JD breaks down key events and leadership transitions that preceded the Battle of Gettysburg that took place in July 1863.

Video edition of the episode on YouTube

My Gettysburg Staff Ride

In early November 2014, I was fortunate to meet JD Baker on the hallowed grounds of Gettysburg National Military Park. I and my teammates were at Gettysburg as part of a leadership event called a “staff ride”. According to the U.S. Army, “A staff ride is a historical study of a campaign or battle that envisions a systematic preliminary study phase, an
extensive field study phase on the actual historic site, and an integration phase to capture the lessons derived from each.

In keeping with the Army’s definition, my teammates and I did some pre-work before we arrived. Our pre-reading included the book The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. We were also provided a workbook created by OMNA International. As we moved throughout the battlefield, JD’s passion became more and more apparent. His perspective on sharpshooters’ ability as we looked up from the Devil’s Den to the top of the Big Round Top was awe-inspiring.

In this episode we’re fortunate to get more of JD’s perspective on the Civil War and how we as modern-day leaders can continue to learn and benefit from decisions made over 150 years ago.

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Modern-Day Leadership Guidance from Civil War Era Leaders with JD Baker of OMNA International was a fun episode to record. Personally, I’m glad I got to catch up with JD. Learning more historical leadership lessons was the icing on the cake.

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