Wright Brothers Leadership Experience

Outer Banks, North Carolina

At Kitty Hawk, walk the grounds of the first manned, powered, heavier-than-air flight. Explore how the creators of one of history’s greatest innovations stayed true to core values, furthered fundamental science, created technological advancements, and led a small team to triumph. Experience the feeling of flying the way the Wrights did—using only the wind, the sand, and their own innovation.

The leadership focus of this program explains the importance of a work environment that fosters curiosity, experimentation, and innovation. Other concepts explored are solving challenges by drawing from seemingly unrelated fields and balancing risk and reward in business opportunities.

Key Leadership Lessons:

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Selected Case Studies

  • Orville and Wilbur Wright 
  • Glenn Curtiss 
  • Otto Lilienthal 

Key Leadership Lessons

  • Importance of a work environment that fosters curiosity, experimentation, and innovation 
  • Balancing risk and reward in business opportunities 
  • Reevaluating data and rethinking strategy 
  • Challenges of pairing successful innovation with a profitable business model 


The Wright Brothers 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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