Lewis and Clark and Project Leadership

Leading a project. Collaboration and communication as a leader. Leading a team whose members are new to one another. Linking on-the-ground action to a sweeping vision and mission. A reality of diversity.

Any one of these or all of these leadership issues can be found in the fascinating expeience of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their Corps of Discovery, 1802-1807. Lewis and Clark and their comrades executed the mission of a lifetime, the exploration of what became known as the Louisiana Purchase and the American Northwest. Sent by President Thomas Jefferson with written instructions and after a period of intensive training, Lewis and Clark journeyed more than 4000 miles and encountered an amazing array of issues and problems that look familiar to today’s leaders.

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