Jeff Harding


The hallowed ground that is Gettysburg provides a perfect environment for participants to fully understand the leadership lessons highlighted in the course modules. The importance cannot be overstated. The old learning adage applies better at Gettysburg, on the battlefield where men fought and died, than perhaps anywhere else: ‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.’ The ‘I do’ of GLE, the ultimate power of the entire program, is only realized through the battlefield visits.

Jeff Harding is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park where his animated and personable style serves to engage Gettysburg Leadership Experience (GLE) participants from their first interaction. His approach has been honed over his 21 years with the Park during which he’s led thousands of visitors on tours of the battlefield. He believes strongly in the importance of this process of tying classroom lessons to the actual battlefield upon which examples of these lessons were realized. He recently retired from a 33-year career as a civilian employee of the Department of the Navy.

Additional Background

  • Former professional development officer, command historian and maritime analyst for the Nimitz Operational Intelligence Center (NOIC) and the Office of Naval Intelligence
  • Created, managed, and taught numerous ground-breaking professional development programs, most notably the “Nimitz Immersion Indoctrination Program”
  • Earned numerous awards and accolades including the Department of Navy’s distinguished Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  • Honored as a selectee to the NOIC “Hall of Fame”
  • Freelance historian and author of articles on the U.S. Civil War and World War II
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications with a concentration in U.S. History from the University of Maryland


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