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Experiencing Leadership: A Transformational Journey from Gettysburg

A unique class in leadership, that includes three days at the site of the pivotal battle in the Civil War, is being offered by Purdue University in partnership with the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg.

Experiencing Leadership: A Transformational Journey from Gettysburg allows you to learn about leadership in a very original and impactful way. You will be put in situations similar to those of leaders like Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain during the Civil War and asked to make difficult decisions all while delving into Lincoln's unique leadership style.

Using history as a metaphor and the battlefield as a classroom, you will:

  • experience how leadership can transform teams and organizations
  • develop essential communication skills for effective leadership
  • learn how to think strategically and critically to find the "high ground"
  • understand rational and emotional components of being a leader
  • identify and apply the characteristics of some of history's greatest leaders
  • discover strategies for selling, leading, negotiating and producing results

The knowledge gained through this course will directly apply to organizational leadership and performance in a rapidly changing, stressful environment, with limited information and limited resources—challenges that were present in 1863 and that are ubiquitous in most organizations today.

This graduate level course is also open to undergraduate students and anyone who desires to enhance his or her leadership skills. You can elect to take the 2-credit class, or 3-credit class, which includes post-course readings and leadership development planning. The course syllabus details required readings, the schedule in Gettysburg and course options.


  • 2 Credit Hr Option = $1990.00
  • 3 Credit Hr Option = $2490.00

Costs include all instruction, resources, transport to/from Lafayette/Gettysburg via charter bus, hotel accommodations in Gettysburg (assumes students double occupancy), Licensed guided tours of battlefield, Museum pass and cylorama, two sit down dinners with special guests, and continental breakfast.  An additional charge may apply for students wanting their own room.

Our next trip is scheduled for May 9-12, 2016.  

For the May offering, we will depart from Purdue via charter bus on May 9th, 2016, for Gettysburg and return very early in the morning on May 13th, 2016.

To register, simply send an email to Professor Brad Alge at .  Financial aid may be available for eligible students.  Please email Dr. Brad Alge with questions,