Charleston Leadership Experience

Charleston, South Carolina

The history of Charleston is one of the longest and most diverse of any community in the United States, spanning hundreds of years of physical settlement beginning in 1663 through modern times. It was the leading city in the South from the colonial era to the Civil War. As a result, Charleston offers numerous examples of positive and negative leadership that influenced the city’s history and that of the United States as a whole.

The Charleston Leadership Experience is a two-and-a-half-day program that focuses on several key leadership examples and lessons from the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Partnering with The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, the program takes place on the school’s campus, as well as at nearby Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter and at the site of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley.

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Selected Case Studies

  • Pres. Abraham Lincoln
  • Pres. Jefferson Davis
  • Maj. Robert Anderson

Key Leadership Lessons

  • Alignment
  • Leading through chaos


The Charleston Leadership Experience is a two-day program delivered over three days, beginning on the evening of day one with a strategic overview, followed by day two on the historic sites with an After-Action Review (AAR) back at the lodging facility, and the morning of day three on the historic sites with a working lunch and final AAR back at the lodging facility. Customization is possible. 


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