H14 – Leadership Lessons from the mountain: a staff ride on the kennesaw mountain Battlefields

4 hrs hands-on session, (May 25th, 0800hrs)

In the late Spring of 1864 the Civil War came to Paulding and Cobb County. The Battles of New Hope, Pickett’s Mill, Lost Mountain, and Kennesaw Mountain were fought in late May and June. The Commanding Generals of the Federal and Confederate armies were engaged in a struggle that would determine the outcome of the war, the Presidential election of 1864, and the future of the United States. We can learn lessons from the decisions of the Commanding Generals, Corps Commanders, the Unit commanders, and fighting men of this battlefield.

This ‘hands-on’ leadership class is conducted as a Staff Ride. The military utilizes staff rides to learn lessons from battlefields of the past to empower officers of today to make better battle decisions. The leaders of the modern fire service can study learn from these battlefield decisions and outcomes today to be better leaders for their crew, battalion, or department. This Staff Ride will tour the actual battlefields from New Hope and Pickett’s Mill to Pine Mountain, Cheatham Hill, and Kolb Farm. On these historic and hallowed grounds the past will present us with leadership lessons that we can apply today to be better leaders for the fire service of today.

Instructors: Chuck Baird

Tags: Leadership