Back to All Events

Masterclass: Leadership Lessons From The American Civil War

Harvard Club of Australia invites to you a Masterclass

Leadership Lessons From The American Civil War

Case study in the best HBS tradition

Presented by: Ted Blamey (MBA'70), Club Life Member


Date: Wednesday 10 October

Time & catering:
5.30 pm - afternoon tea, meet & mingle
6.00 pm sharp - Class begins
Break-out discussion session during the class
8:00 pm  - Class ends followed by Drinks & canapes until 9.00 pm.

Venue: Perpetual Trustees, Level 18, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney (Fairfax and Street Rooms)

Cost: $50pp includes refreshments, drinks & canapes

One of the initiatives of the new club strategy, responding to member demand, is to create a series of Master Classes, offered by people with special expertise and experience. They will provide members with innovative learning opportunities through interactive discussions and engagement with a broad spectrum of other members.

Leadership Lessons from the American Civil War is the second in this series. It is a case discussion in the best Harvard Business School tradition. It uses stop-action excerpts from a historically accurate movie depicting an extraordinary dilemma that faces a newly-promoted young colonel the day before the battle of Gettysburg. 

Participants put themselves in the boots of the protagonist and, through guided discussion and debate, pick apart the facts, options, goals and risks to determine what he should do.

In this Master Class, by analyzing the crisis and its ethical and practical issues, you will identify essential leadership qualities and behaviours that inspire and motivate others, such that they are willing to follow, even in an extreme situation such as the heat of battle.

This Master Class will be led by Ted Blamey, Club Life Member and Harvard MBA. Following his attendance at a presentation of this case at HBS, he has developed and refined it. Over the last 5 years he has presented it to a wide range of audiences to much acclaim.

No prior preparation is needed other than optional reading of a short background brief on the civil war that will be sent to all participants in advance.