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President's MessageSteve Wiley

I recently came across a fascinating study that I'd like to share with you this month. It is Development Dimensions International's (DDI) Global Leadership Forecast for 2011. You can read the full report or an executive summary here: http://www.ddiworld.com/leadershipforecast

This huge and very comprehensive study involved 2,600 organizations in 74 countries; this report has lots of excellent information in it. At the conclusion, the authors call for a "leadership revolution." After reading the study, I agree! Let me share just a few of their findings with you, and I bet you'll agree, too.

The study found the following:
  • "The difference between the impact that a top-performing leader and an average leader has on an organization is at least 50 percent."
  • "The highest quality leaders were 13 times more likely to outperform their competition."
  • "When leaders reported that their organization's current leadership quality was poor, only 6 percent of them were in organizations that outperformed their competition."
  • "Compare that with those who rated their organization's leadership quality as excellent—78 percent were in organizations that outperformed their competition in bottom-line metrics."

(Source: Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D., Senior Vice President & Jazmine Boatman, Ph.D., Manager, Center for Applied Behavioral Research. "Global Leadership Forecast 2011: Time for a Leadership Revolution!" Development Dimensions International, 2011.)

Wow! Leadership does matter. According to this study, we as business leaders aren't doing such a great job at identifying and fostering leaders for the new emerging and future business environments.

I'd be very interested to hear what you, our friends and clients, have to say about this. Please drop me a note at info@gettysburgleadership.com and share some of your ideas about how we can all participate in a "leadership revolution."

Read on to learn more about some activities happening in and around Gettysburg this month, and please take time to check out our Faculty Focus column. We'll be running this feature each month to help you get to know our cadre of great faculty a bit better. Enjoy!

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Steven B. Wiley, president & founder
The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg

www.gettysburgleadership.com

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National Park Service to Relocate Fences on Gettysburg Battlefield

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The National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park will be relocating sections of newly-built fencing on the battlefield due to questions about their historical documentation.

The fencing is located along the railroad on the first day's battlefield. Volunteers constructed the fencing during a recent park work day event. While some photographic documentation is available for the three parts of Virginia worm fencing in this location, the photographs fail to provide answers to questions about historical accuracy voiced by members of the public and Civil War historians.

"We don't have conclusive evidence so we'll be removing the three sections of fencing and reusing the materials," said Gettysburg National Military Park Superintendent Bob Kirby. "As soon as we received questions, we took them very seriously. We appreciate the commitment that we share with the public to do these things right."

Several volunteer groups have approached the park with offers to help relocate the fencing.

Read more about these fences.
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Historic Civil War Sketch Book Enters 21st Century as an iPad app

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The work of Alexander Gardner, the man synonymous with capturing images of some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, is taking on a 21st century form.

Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War has been reintroduced to America as an iPad app. Originally published as a two-volume collection of historically significant images of the American Civil War, the sketch book is prized by Civil War collectors.

The new iPad app version contains all of Gardner's 100 images and captions, written by Gardner between 1865-1866. Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War is available in the iTunes app store for $4.99.

Learn more about the features of this iPad app.
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GIS Technology Helps Researchers Revisit Historical Landscapes

Researchers rely on various tools, human and material, to help them in their quest for interpreting the events of history. Digital tools are helping researchers revisit history, in particular historical landscapes. Similar to GPS devices and online mapping services, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) are allowing historians to recreate digital versions of historic places, including the Gettysburg battlefield.

Geographer Anne Kelly Knowles of Middlebury College in Vermont is exploring the new technology and giving historians a glimpse of what the Union and Confederate armies at Gettysburg could have seen from various positions the armies occupied during the three-day battle.

In addition to studying the historical typography of Gettysburg, Knowles is also working on creating a digital map of the territories conquered by the Nazis in World War II and sites of forced labor camps.

Discover more features about GIS technology.

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Lincoln Leadership Institute's Faculty Focus

The faculty of the Lincoln Leadership Institute are often asked to share their thoughts about Lincoln's acts of leadership, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. We're sharing some of their stories in each issue of News & Notes. In this issue, we asked, "What's your favorite story from the Battle of Gettysburg?"

FrankConfederate Perspectives from Confederate Avenue and Seminary Ridge
Submitted by: Frank Orlando

Whenever my wife and I traverse the Gettysburg battlefield, we cannot help but immediately gravitate toward Confederate Avenue and Seminary Ridge. This location attracts us not only because of the inherent beauty of its landscape, but also for the historical importance located within the woods that surround the Virginia Memorial. It is in close proximity to this memorial that, on July 3, 1863, the 12,000 men in Gen. James Longstreet's 1st Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia took refuge before beginning what has become known as Pickett's Charge.

Confederate Avenue possesses many of the most majestic monuments on the battlefield. Monuments here are dedicated to the Southern troops who fought at Gettysburg by the various states that aligned themselves to the Confederate States of America. Robert E. Lee's figure seated astride Traveller atop the Virginia Memorial overlooks the expanse of ground known as Pickett's Charge. The monument ultimately embodies the poignant story made by the flower of Virginia's youth that led the charge; all of the other Confederate monuments detail the sacrifices made by the Confederate soldiers in defense of the cause they passionately supported.

Paramount among those other monuments are the Mississippi Monument on Seminary Ridge which recalls the desperate courage and gallantry of Gen. Lee's men, while the North Carolina Monument depicts one of Lee's favorite Tarheel regiments—the regiment that charged toward Cemetery Ridge and immortality.

If you follow Confederate Avenue past the Longstreet Tower, you ultimately arrive at the scene of other truly mythic parts of the battlefield: the boulder-strewn slopes of the Round Tops, Devil's Den, the Bloody Run (Plum Run) at the foot of Little Round Top, the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard. Additionally, as you travel the avenue in mid-summer and view the scenes of these horrific conflicts, park your car and get out, so that you can personally experience what these men had to endure in temperatures in the high 80s—when neither food nor water was readily available to the men in the Army of Northern Virginia—on July 1-3, 1863.

In doing so, my wife and I cannot help but remember what one visitor to the battlefield said in 1886 when he observed:

"No natural panorama in the world surpasses that which the spectator beholds when, standing atop Seminary Ridge that extends from the Chambersburg Turnpike Road to Little Round Top, he looks down upon the broad expanse of field, meadow and woodland, dotted with farmhouses and barns, the deep red of the newly-turned-up soil in strong contrast with the verdure of growing crops and magnificent groves, and the whole landscape bounded by the ousted mountain wall as far as the eye can reach."

Everything that that visitor observed in 1886 is still here, waiting for generations to come, see and learn. Confederate Avenue and every other aspect of the Gettysburg battlefield will and must always remain places where Americans of all eras can come to experience history that helped make our nation what it is and will continue to be. Gettysburg will be a special place not only for my wife and me, but also for each and every one of us—regardless if you possess Northern or Southern sympathies—for a long time as we continue to reach into our hearts to find out who we are as an American people.

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Scenes from Lincoln Leadership Institute Experiences

Step out onto the battlefield with us as we share photos of recent Lincoln Leadership Institute experiences at Gettysburg.


fieldMembers of the Inspector General community walk the fields of Pickett's Charge on the Gettysburg battlefield May 22, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

standingMembers of the Inspector General community pose with Lincoln Leadership Institute faculty member and resident Abraham Lincoln portrayer Jim Getty on the steps of The Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel in Taneytown, Md.

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Eat Like Abe: Lincoln Restaurant Serves Up Presidential-Inspired Dishes

When we bring the Lincoln Leadership Institute's leadership development experiences to clients across the country, we often check out some of the restaurants along the way.

One restaurant we discovered in Washington, D.C. cooks up food fit for a president. Lincoln Restaurant caters to seasonal American small-plate dishes. Chefs Demetrio Zavala and Karen Nicolas craft their specialties using the best meats, produce and seafood from the Washington, D.C. region.

Inspired by some of Abraham Lincoln's favorite foods, the menu features oyster dishes, gingerbread and chicken fricassee.

Lincoln Restaurant is located at 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., and is accessible from the Farragut North (red line) and McPherson Square (orange and blue lines) Metro stations.

Log on to Lincoln's website to view their menus and find out more about the restaurant.

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16th Annual Gettysburg Music Muster

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Music of the Civil War era will be performed in concert at Gettysburg National Military Park. Performers include: the Susquehanna Travellers, the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the 46th Pennsylvania Regiment Band, 77th New York Regimental Balladeers, the Irish Volunteers Civil War Band and the Libby Prison Minstrels.

Admission to the Music Muster is free. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. All outdoor musical performances may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Dates: Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20

Schedule: Visit Gettysburg National Military Park's website to view the complete schedule of performers, times and performance locations.

Telephone: 717-334-1124, extension 3251

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Thoughts on Leadership…

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"It's the leader's job to make time today to ensure that there is a tomorrow."
—Ken Blanchard/Mark Miller, The Secret: What Great Leaders Know-and Do

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Read more about what you need to become a great leader in Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller's The Secret (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2004).

Lincoln's Acts of Leadership: August 1861

President Abraham Lincoln vowed to preserve the Union even if it meant war, and he did so by exerting his executive authority more than any other president in U.S. history. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we're presenting details of Lincoln's acts of leadership during each month the war raged on.

A Confederate victory at Bull Run dealt a devastating blow to Union morale. President Abraham Lincoln exerts his executive leadership and issues a proclamation on Aug. 12, 1861, declaring a National Day of Humiliation, Prayer and Fasting, scheduled for Sept. 26, 1861. In doing so, Lincoln asks the people of the United States "to observe and keep that day according to their several creeds and modes of worship, in all humility and with all religious solemnity, to the end that the united prayer of the nation may ascend to the Throne of Grace and bring down plentiful blessings upon our Country."

Copyright 2011, The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg