Executive Education

Lessons on Leadership


The Lessons on Leadership program offered by the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business is a customized leadership program for executives that integrate the lessons from Battle of Gettysburg. These intensely experiential programs push participants to think differently about their individual and organizational challenges through engagement in action-oriented activities, both on the battlefield and in the classroom.

As one of the most well-documented and studied battles in American history, the Battle of Gettysburg offers a rich set of characters, personalities, decisions and examples of organization that resonate even today in modern organizations.

Program designs range from two days to one week and are tailored to meet a specific organization’s needs and talent level. The interactive learning experience provides participants with the opportunity to build leadership skills and develop stronger teams. Specific learning objectives may include leadership, teamwork, conflict management, communication, strategy, and innovation. The program incorporates a multi-sensory experience including battlefield tours, lectures, discussion sessions, videos, role-playing, and team exercises, all led by Smith’s world-leading faculty and a professional guide and executive trainer from the Gettysburg Foundation.

For more information, contact the Office of Executive Programs at execed@rhsmith.umd.edu.


“Very moving and amazingly relevant to our course purpose. Memorable.”

"One word: 'awesome.' I was amazed how well the view of the battle through the commanders’ eyes applied to our training.”

“Wonderful! Tying together the history with your curriculum is unique and priceless!”

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Executive Education programs are facilitated by the Robert H. Smith School of Business Foundation, Inc.