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President's Message

Steve WileyHappy holidays from all of us here at the Lincoln Leadership Institute! Gettysburg is looking very festive these days—especially when it's iced with our first snowfalls of the year.

The holiday season is truly one of joy. In fact, this idea of "what is joy," has been on my mind lately—not only as we get ready to celebrate the holidays, but also as it correlates to the workplace.

What does joy have to do with the workplace—especially this year, when so many organizations have struggled with our challenging economy? According to a recent Gallup Healthways survey of 100,000 Americans, joy has everything to do with happiness in the workplace for business owners out-rank 10 other occupations in overall wellbeing. Leaders, in fact, say they have lower stress levels and better physical health than those in other occupations.

One possible explanation, according to Harvard professor and blogger Rosabeth Moss Kanter, is that "autonomy, influence and a sense of meaning" are all key ingredients in helping us to find joy at work. She writes "supervisors are better–off than the supervised, and entrepreneurs are the best-off of all." While we can't all be entrepreneurs, she suggests we can all act as leaders and project "autonomy, influence and a sense of meaning."

I couldn't agree more! I'm a big believer in the idea that exhibiting leadership skills is the surest route to joy at work. What a concept: Leadership can bring joy to the workplace.

Kanter offers a David Letterman style "Top 10" list to find joy at work that I just love. You can find it here. Why not give it a try? Incorporate joy into your leadership practice. I'd love to hear the results – drop us a line at info@lincolnleadershipinstitue.com and let us know how you have shared the joy!

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

Steven B. Wiley, president and founder
Lincoln Leadership Institute

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Mary L. Kendall, Acting Inspector General for the Department of the Interior's Office of Inspector General, is among IG's who are bringing their staffs to Gettysburg for Level I and Level II training

US Department of the InteriorTwenty leaders from the Inspector General's Offices from the Department of Homeland Security, the USDA, the Post Office, HUD and the Department of Interior will travel to the Lincoln Leadership Institute this month for Level I Mary L Kendellof LLI's Transformational Journey from Gettysburg program. Then, in February, they'll be back for Level II. This is the first of several specially tailored programs requested by members of the Inspector Generals' community that are planned for 2010.

"We chose the Lincoln Leadership Institute for the very reason Steve Wiley created it: using the historic Gettysburg battlefield as a backdrop and lessons from that battle as learning tools, this program provides the perfect opportunity for reflection on and self-assessment of what it means to be a leader—and a follower—in the contemporary battles we fight every day," says Mary L. Kendall, Acting Inspector General for the Department of the Interior's Office of Inspector General.


Angela Sontheimer, managing director of the Lincoln Leadership Institute, explains that the Level I session will include several new and exciting case studies from the Battle of Gettysburg, including:

  • The High Ground: Positioning for Strategic Advantage - This case study examines the physical and war metaphor of what was the "high ground" during the Battle of Gettysburg and looks at what is one's organizational high ground.
  • Chamberlain at Gettysburg: Transactional and Transformational Leadership -
    Participants explore the leadership of Col. Joshua Chamberlain, Commander of the 20th Maine and his need to protect the "left flank" of the Union Army. Transformational and transactional leadership styles are explored, as is the identification of one's "left flank." This includes a visit to Little Roundtop, the spot where Chamberlain and the 20th Maine heroically held the Left Flank of the Union Army.
  • How Joshua Chamberlain Saved My Life - Special guest and faculty member General Jim Anderson relates his personal experience of Col. Chamberlain's impact on his life.
  • Leading with Lincoln - Leading with Lincoln contains several sections that address aspects of Lincoln's greatness as a transformative leader focusing on "Thinking & Reflecting","Being Concise" and "Communicating at all Levels". This case study is new to the curriculum, and is led by professor Matt Pinsker, author of Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home. (See details below on Matt's book signing, coming up on Feb. 5 at the David Wills House.)
  • Lee and His Generals - An examination of the key dimensions to effective performance feedback with reference to additional elements such as coaching and mentoring.
  • Pickett's Charge - The Battlefield and beautiful countryside of Gettysburg are the setting for this case study as participants explore the challenges faced during the historic charge led by General George Pickett and explore leader/follower relationships. The special guide for this session is Bob Prosperi, the only living battlefield guide to have toured a United States President. Additionally, he guided President Sadat and Prime Minister Begin during the Camp David Summit. Participants walk this hallowed mile where so many gave their lives for the cause.
  • Are You Ready? - To conclude the session, Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall will host a discussion that will get her team thinking about the lessons learned in Level I. It will be followed up with a second discussion on "Mission Dynamics and Uncertainty," led by Dave Williams, Inspector General for the US Post Office.


"If a company or organization hasn't witnessed our Level II series, they'll surely want to look into it for their team," Sontheimer adds. "It is packed with more in-depth case studies that dive deeper into the situations that drove the leaders of the Battle of Gettysburg to make the choices they did. Ultimately, of course, those decisions charted the outcome of the battle—and set the stage for how the Civil War ultimately played out."

Level II cases studies include:

  • New Perspectives on the High Ground: Buford as a Follower - In this case study, participants revisit the concept of "high ground" and its strategic importance through an examination of John Buford as a follower. They will have the unique vantage point of viewing the "high ground" from the Cupola of the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary just as General Buford did in 1863.
  • Culp's Hill - This case study looks at one of the most controversial orders in US history. Participants put themselves in the shoes of Gen. Robert E. Lee when, on the evening of July 1, 1863, he instructed Gen. Richard Ewell "to take that hill if practicable."
  • Dan Sickles at Gettysburg - In this case study participants explore Union General Dan Sickles' decision to violate his orders on the second day of the Battle. Participants travel to the Peach Orchard to visit the newly replanted area held by Sickles.
  • Leading with Lincoln continued - This session is a continuation of the Lincoln focused session begun in Level 1 and addresses two often-overlooked elements of Lincoln's leadership – that of "Compassion" and "Managing Crises".
  • Lincoln as a Paradox - A look at President Lincoln as a leader with a clear focus on strategic objectives and the capacity to move forward in the face of ambiguities, paradoxes and dilemmas.
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270 inc.Anyone who has attended Steve Wiley's "Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg: A Transformational Experience," knows that what you learn helps increase your bottom line. On January 5, Wiley will share his wisdom at the Frederick Keynote Business Speaker Series, co-sponsored by 270 Inc. magazine (www.270inc.com)

"This special speaker's series is intended to elevate business leadership skills in Frederick," says Richard Griffin, director of the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development (www.cityoffrederick.com). "Steve Wiley represents the best of American business leadership skills. We are simply thrilled to have someone of Steve's caliber kick-off our 2010 series."

The article in this month's 270 Inc. magazine featured Wiley's wit and insights, and gave a taste of what the audience can expect on Jan. 5. Here's an excerpt.

"The secret to succeeding under challenging conditions is to get your team engaged in their efforts. Few people know that during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863 there were over 51,000 casualties and 10,000 dead horses within 3 days. Even fewer people realize the second day of the battle is remembered primarily for the achievement of Lt. Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain.

Chamberlain, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery, had no special education in military strategies. What he did have was the ability to engage those around him. What he did have was a capacity for leadership. The battle at Gettysburg is an incredible learning tool for businesses and organizations today. With many of the country's largest companies and organizations awash against the tide of an uncertain economy, the lessons we learn from Gettysburg have a profound impact on the success of these companies."

Read the rest of the article here.

Sign up here for the Jan. 5 event!

Frederick Leadership Speaker Series, featuring Keynote Speaker Steve Wiley

When: Jan. 5, 2010 (Jan. 12 snow date)

Where: Hood College Rosenstock Auditorium, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD
Time: Program begins at 6–8 p.m.
for a VIP Reception, 8–10 p.m.

Details: For costs and other information or to register, call the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development, 301-600-6360.


LincolnLincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home
Learn more about Lincoln's summer retreat in an acclaimed book by historian and LLI faculty member Matt Pinsker

Lincoln scholar, endowed chair of Civil War Studies at Dickinson College, and Lincoln Leadership Institute faculty member Matt Pinsker will be signing his book, Lincoln's Sanctuary: Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home.

In it, Pinsker offers a fascinating portrait of Lincoln's stay in a hilltop cottage located just off Georgia Avenue in D.C., on the grounds of the Soldier's Home and uses the president's cottage hideaway to frame the story of his remarkable growth as a national leader and a private man.

"After the heartbreaking death of his son Willie, Abraham Lincoln and his family fled the gloom that hung over the White House, moving into a small cottage in Washington, D.C., on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home, a residence for disabled military veterans," Pinsker explains.

Although Lincoln lived at the Soldiers' Home for approximately a quarter of his presidency—and for nearly half of the critical year of 1862—interestingly, most Americans (including many scholars) have not heard of the place. Pinsker connects this early "summer White House" to key wartime developments, including the Emancipation Proclamation, the firing of McClellan, the evolution of Lincoln's "Father Abraham" image, the election of 1864, and the assassination conspiracy.

Save the date! And learn more here. Matt is at pinsker@msn.com.
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Lincoln's bust

The Newest Statue of Abraham Lincoln

Gettysburg's latest Lincoln statue was dedicated at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center on Thursday, November 19, 2009, the 146th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The detail on the new statue includes the lines on his face, which is more realistic than other bronze depictions of the 16th president for by the time he had arrived in Gettysburg to dedicate the cemetery, the country had been at war for over two years.

Photos courtesy of the Gettysburg Daily. For more, click here.

Rehabbing History

Patterson HouseGettysburg National Military Park's William Patterson House, located east of the Taneytown Road near its junctions with Granite Schoolhouse Lane and Hunt Avenue, is getting a facelift.

Standing proud since 1798 it is believed that William Patterson offered his house to be used as a field hospital during the battle at Gettysburg. The goal of reconstructing the house is to make it look like the original.

Indeed, much of the original material will be used, so long as an inspection team approves it as safe. In fact, it is rumored that up to 40% of the original logs have been rotted. As a result, new materials that replicate the look of the original will replace materials too old to reuse.

See more photos of the project in progress on the Gettysburg Daily.

Our own Jim Getty is featured on Remembrance Day

Jim Getty at Remembrance DayWe know we told you about November's Remembrance Day in our last newsletter, but this photo of our own Jim Getty is too good not to share. Ditto for the famous speech he gave that day in honor of the immortal words shared by Lincoln 146 years ago.

In the spirit of the holidays, we leave you with the wisdom of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address:

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate...we cannot consecrate...we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

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