AUSA’s Thought Leaders webinar series—an extension of our Thought Leaders podcast—focuses on senior military leaders and contemporary military authors and seeks to educate the public on critical issues affecting land forces and strategy.
Please join us on Tuesday, 29 June 2021, at 1400 EDT, to hear a presentation by Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland and Colonel Tom Vossler, U.S. Army, Retired, authors of Battle Tested! Gettysburg Leadership Lessons for 21st Century Leaders. McCausland and Vossler will use examples from the battle of Gettysburg—the largest battle ever fought on the North American continent—to show contemporary leaders how to make the right decisions and guide their people under enormous pressure of time and circumstances.
About the Book
In order to be a truly effective leader, it is necessary to learn as much as possible from the examples of history—the disasters as well as the triumphs. At Gettysburg, Union and Confederate commanders faced a series of critical leadership challenges under the enormous stress of combat. The fate of the nation hung in the balance. These leaders each responded in different ways, but the concepts and principles they applied during those traumatic three days contain critical lessons for today’s leaders that are both useful and applicable—whether those leaders manage operations at a large corporation, supervise a public institution, lead an athletic team, or govern a state or municipality.
In the twenty-first century, leadership is the indispensable quantity that separates successful organizations from failures. Successful leaders communicate vision, motivate team members, and inspire trust. One must move both people and the collective organization into the future while, at the same time, dealing with the past. A leader must learn to master the dynamic requirements of decision-making and change.
Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland
Dr. McCausland is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and former Dean of Academics at the U.S. Army War College. He is a Visiting Professor of National Security at Dickinson College and a National Security Consultant for CBS.
Colonel Tom Vossler, U.S. Army, Retired
Colonel Vossler served in the U.S. Army from 1968 through 1998. He commanded an infantry platoon in the Vietnam War and a Mechanized Infantry Battalion Task Force in Germany prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet regime. His military education includes graduation from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. Colonel Vossler taught military history, strategy and leadership at the U.S. Army War College and is a former director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, PA.