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Faculty, staff learn about leadership at Gettysburg

Because everyone in the College of Education has a leadership role to help the College achieve its goals, a group of faculty and staff went to Gettysburg on Thursday, Aug. 6, to learn about leadership through the lens of the historic Civil War Battle of Gettysburg.

Because everyone in the College of Education has a leadership role to help the College achieve its goals, a group of faculty and staff went to Gettysburg on Thursday, Aug. 6, to learn about leadership through the lens of the historic Civil War Battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg
Alumnus Mike McGough ('89, EDU), was tour guide for the College's trip to Gettysburg.
The group visited the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, Little Round Top and Cemetery Ridge, where tour guide Mike McGough ('89, EDU), focused on the diversity of leadership styles used during the battle, and how those styles and decisions impacted the outcome of the battle and ultimately, of the Civil War.

During this interactive seminar, which was sponsored by the Dean's Office and the College's Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, McGough shared a number of the more than 90 leadership lessons to come out of that three-day battle. Among them:

Great leaders:

  • make the best use of available resources.
  • have a Plan B.
  • have a succession plan.
  • know that trust is earned, not an entitlement.
  • build trust and enhance it.
  • never put personal gain above the mission.
  • know that developing leadership skills is easy; maintaining and adapting them is critical.
  • never take the enemy for granted.
  • never makes people guess what he wants.
  • use the OODA loop when encountering a situation: Orient, Observe, Decide, Act.
  • know the difference between activity and action.
  • know the difference between fact and opinion.
  • know that if it's the truth, it's OK to tell it.
  • take responsibility for bad decisions
  • learn from mistakes.
  • know what comes next.
  • understand the power of their words.
  • know the end goal.
  • don't put people into positions they're not prepared to hold.


Participants were challenged to write down which of those leadership lessons they employed, and which they wish they used more often. The seminar will conclude sometime during the fall semester, when McGough will mail participants their lists.

For pictures from the trip, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHskha5HtK online.

By Annemarie Mountz (Aug. 7, 2015)