Summer/Maymester Elective : Leadership Course at Gettysburg

February 28, 2013 | By Zenita Subba
“We learn about leadership by studying the great leaders of the past. Imagine studying leadership from the very place where some of the greatest historical leaders exercised their leadership-the Battlefield at Gettysburg. Visit this hallowed ground where Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. Attend classroom sessions in the very building where Lincoln stayed the night before the Gettysburg Address and actually completed his Gettysburg Address-The David Wills House. Visit Little Round Top and other key battlefield locations, where pivotal leadership by courageous leaders changed the course of this three-day battle in July of 1863. This is part of what you will experience in this course, but this course is not a history lesson nor is it a lesson on military strategy. Rather, this course focuses squarely on leadership, followership and organizational effectiveness.
Guided by Purdue professor, Brad Alge, and in partnership with the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, OBHR 590 - 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.
For more information, including how to register, visit or email Prof. Brad Alge at

Zenita Subba
Zenita Subba