Dr. Robert Ginnett


Walking on such hallowed ground—combined with the historical and leadership perspectives delivered in the classroom and the open conversations fostered throughout the program—is what brings value to our participants. I believe my strength as an instructor derives from making complex theories easily understandable, identifying real-life examples to illustrate the concepts, and being able to respond to questions from across the leadership spectrum and weave the answers into the topic at hand.

Dr. Robert Ginnett is an internationally recognized expert in the leadership of high-performance teams and organizations. He has worked with hundreds of for-profit organizations, as well as the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, and numerous components of the Intelligence Community. His real-world leadership experience ranges from military combat conditions to leading 30-person research teams for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center. He believes that the Gettysburg Leadership Experience delivers a unique and impactful opportunity for participants to learn and grow as leaders as a result of the program’s expert battlefield, renowned leadership experts, the affective experience of walking on the battleground, and the opportunity to share insights and experiences with other participants.

Additional Background

  • Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Center for Creative Leadership
  • Tenured professor and Director of Leadership and Counseling at the US Air Force Academy
  • Served in numerous line and staff positions in the military. including leadership of an 875-man combat force and covert operations teams in the Vietnam War
  • Spent more than 10 years working as a researcher for NASA in aircraft cockpits and at the Kennedy Space Center
  • Holds two Masters degrees and a PhD from Yale University
  • Author of numerous articles and book chapters and co-author of the best-selling undergraduate textbook, Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience, now in its 9th edition
  • Volunteers as a Red Cross volunteer for disaster relief
  • Serves as a pro bono leadership consultant for his local Fire and Police Departments


Our faculty is made up of instructors and guides, many of whom are licensed battlefield guides. Instructors and guides are chosen for each session based upon the identified goals of the group.

Emergent Leaders (Young Professionals Program)

The Act of Followership is a critical leadership behavior. With insights gained from a uniquely tailored approach which integrates a number of our core learning modules, experiential exercises, and a Performance Relational Questionnaire (PRQ); Emergent Leaders are able learn and apply practicable skills that support and advance an organization’s strategic mission from within. Advance the career of your high-potential by providing the necessary tools to follow and influence peers and colleagues, by learning to ask the right first questions. This program is suited for the individual contributor and those new to management.

2022 Program Dates

Pursuit, Retreat and Resilience

The Pursuit, Retreat and Resilience Program is designed to continue the conversation and prepare effectively for organizational setbacks and reposition more rapidly when they occur. Build upon the lessons learned from your first visit and integrate new knowledge of Meade's Pursuit, Lee's Retreat to Virginia and Lincoln's Visit to Gettysburg. Position your leadership style to guide both people and processes during times of intense challenge and adversity, as we explore the continuation and impact of the Gettysburg Campaign through today's environment.

2021 Program Dates

2022 Program Dates

Women of Distinction

This three-day program integrates three central and distinct groups of women into the current Gettysburg Leadership Experience platform. These groups represent the professionals who attend, women leaders who currently shape the Gettysburg community, and the female historical protagonists who pivoted and put their lives on the line during the Battle of Gettysburg. Through this facilitative process, the program will provide a shared learning and leadership experience, coaching opportunities and connections to share challenges and successes, and an ongoing network of professionals from a variety of industries.

2021 Program Dates

2022 Program Dates

Open Enrollment Programs

Our open enrollment programs meet the needs of those seeking an exceptional leadership training opportunity on an individual or small-group basis.

The following Open Enrollment programs are available for individuals and small groups. To explore a customized Experience for your organization, please contact