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Lesson 4: Leaders must remember that there is always one more thing you can do to improve a situation, and one more thing after that, and one more thing after that...

Josh Chamberlain - July 2

Joshua Chamberlain - July 2
Josh Chamberlain led his men through multiple assaults as they clung stubbornly to the southern face of Little Round Top. (image courtesy Don Troiani,

For most of July 2, the extreme left flank of the Union line was anchored on a rocky hill known as "Little Round Top."  The Confederates attacked this position several times in short succession, dealing heavy damage to the Union defenders atop the hill.  Joshua Chamberlain, in command of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, inspired his men to hold their ground despite suffering staggering losses.  When his regiment's ammunition was nearly exhausted, Chamberlain ordered his men to pick up ammunition from the dead and wounded.  He eventually ordered a bayonet counter-charge that cleared Confederate forces from the hill and netted hundreds of prisoners. 

Questions to consider:

As a leader, why is giving up especially damaging to your team?

How can you determine what is the "one more thing" to improve a situation?

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