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Ukraine Looks to US Brigadier General Turned Yale Professor for Crisis Leadership

Thomas Kolditz and other renowned speakers will gather to shed light on building trust, inspiring leadership, and restoring order in Kiev at the Ukraine Leadership Summit.
    SANTA BARBARA, CA, June 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Yale School of Management Professor and retired Brigadier General, Thomas Kolditz, will speak on "Building Trust in Uncertain Contexts" via webinar at the premier Ukraine Leadership Summit on October 2, 2014. The two-day summit (October 2-3) will bring scholars and thought-leaders together to discuss the surmounting leadership crisis facing the fragile country.

In the midst of a civil divide, and with the new presidential elect Petro Poroshenko taking the hot seat, leadership has been a rising topic in Ukraine. The country has hobbled from leader to leader in recent months starting with the fall of President Victor Yanukovych in February, followed by unsettled reactions to Ukraine's interim government. Now, with Poroshenko vowing to take back the country, the Ukraine Leadership Summit officials seek expert advice from General Kolditz.

Kolditz notes that trust will be the turning point for the country's leadership detriment. He elaborates on Ukraine's situation stating, "The country needs leaders who people willingly trust in conditions of threat and uncertainty. Conditions are in extremis: a matter of life and death."

As Ukraine suffered casualties in the hundreds since February, "life and death" are already a reality. While several issues surround the country's political unrest, leadership is the contingent factor that could settle separatists' disputes. The Ukraine Leadership Summit will cover more on this pressing topic at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kiev. For more information on this event or General Thomas Kolditz, please visit or

About Thomas Kolditz
Retired Brigadier General Tom Kolditz is a Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management and Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management. His experience as a leader development expert spans four decades in the public, private, and social sectors.

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