3/4 Jeff McCausland #Unbound. Gettysburg Leadership—the complete, forty-minute interview. May 21, 2021.

Nov 27, 2021, 12:03 AM

Photo: An engraving of Pickett's charge at Gettysburg by Alfred Swinton after Alfred Waud.  1903

Text Appearing after Image: 416 GENERAL GEORGE E. PICKETT. The principal part of the Federal army was on the north side of theChickahominy. Hill's division of the Confederate forces met this large force with impetuous courage. Some of his brigades were broken. The National forces were steadily gaining ground. Jackson had not arrived;.It was a critical moment. Three brigades under Wilcox were ordered forward against the Federal left flank, to make a diversion in favor of the attacking columns. Picketts brigade, making an independent diversionon the left of these brigades, developed the strong position and force ofthe Federals in Longstreets front. ORDERS FOR A GENERAL ADVANCE. The latter at once resolved to change the feint into an attack, andorders for a general advance were issued. At this moment StonewallJackson arrived, and the air was rent with shouts. Pickett's brigade ,supported by part of Anderson's brigade, swept on to the charge with fierce grandeur.


3/4  Jeff McCausland #Unbound. The complete, forty-minute interview. May 21, 2021.

Battle Tested! Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders, by Jeffrey D. McCausland (Author), Tom Vossler (Author), Walter Dixon (Narrator), Gildan Media (Publisher). Audible Audiobook– Unabridged


In order to be a truly effective leader, it is necessary to learn as much as possible from the examples of history—the disasters as well as the triumphs. At Gettysburg, Union and Confederate commanders faced a series of critical leadership challenges under the enormous stress of combat. The fate of the nation hung in the balance. Each of these leaders responded in different ways, but the concepts and principles they applied during those traumatic three days contain critical lessons for today’s leaders that are both useful and applicable—whether those leaders manage operations at a large corporation, supervise a public institution, lead an athletic team, or govern a state or municipality.  

In the twenty-first century, leadership is the indispensable quality that separates successful organizations from failures. Successful leaders communicate vision, motivate team members, and inspire trust. One must move both people and the collective organization into the future while, at the same time, dealing with the past. A leader must learn to master the dynamic requirements of decision-making and change.