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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 master's 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 10th 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.

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