Chapter 5: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Defends Little Round Top Questions
1. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain had no previous military experience, nor did he attend West Point like most commanding officers. Was it fair that he was given this leadership position? Why or Why not? How was Chamberlain able to successfully command the 20th Regiment of Infantry, Maine Volunteers?
2. The case discusses the leadership of many individuals such as Joshua Chamberlain, George Meade, Henry Heth, Louis Gerstner etc., although each leader is different in style and circumstance, what do you feel the common core among all the leaders are and does that common core factor needed for all leaders?
3. Not fully knowing word for word what the conversation was between Chamberlain and the spokesperson for the mutineers, what do you think was the deciding factor that made them agree to do things Chamberlains way? What was it about him that was so different?
4. Chamberlain was without a West Point degree, formal military training, or management experience of any sort. What factors enabled him to successfully lead his men into battle without military training or management experience?