Thomas Kolditz

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Thomas A. Kolditz (born July 23, 1956) is an American retired Brigadier General, an educator,[1][2] author,[3] and consultant.[4]


Kolditz led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy West Point for 12 years, where he was responsible for teaching, research, and outreach activities in Management, Leader Development Science, Psychology, and Sociology. General Kolditz has more than 26 years in leadership roles and 34 years of military service. He was also the founding director of the West Point Leadership Center.[5] General Kolditz has been a skydiving instructor since 1980 and served for 10 years as the senior instructor for the West Point Sport Parachute Team.[6][7]


Kolditz is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association.[8][9] In 2007, while still on active duty, Tom was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Management Leader Development Program and taught a crisis leadership course in their MBA curriculum. Later, he became the Director of the Leader Development Program at the Yale School of Management.[10][11] Kolditz is also the founding Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University.[12][13][14][15]


His book, In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It,[16] published in 2007, is based on more than 175 interviews taken on the ground in Iraq during combat operations.[17] General Kolditz has been quoted in national media[18][19][20][21] and published in academic and leadership trade journals on a variety of leadership topics.[22][23][24] His consulting agency, SaxonCastle, advises on topics such as crisis leadership and leadership in extreme condition.[25] Kolditz is also a keynote speaker.[26][27]


  1. ^ Rierson, Richard (19 January 2014). "123 – Thomas Kolditz: Leadership Professor, Yale School of Management; Author of "In Extremis Leadership"". Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ Kolditz, Thomas. "Position Profile" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ Kolditz, Thomas. "In Extremis Leadership: Leading As If Your Life Depended On It". Amazon. Jossey-Bass. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ Kolditz, Thomas. "Speaker Bio Page". BigSpeak. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Colonel Thomas A. Kolditz Professor and Head, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership" (PDF). The Center for Faculty Development Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Interview with Col. Tom Kolditz".
  7. ^ "Skydiving Team Support". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  8. ^ Hamilton, Audrey (2010). "Psychology of Leadership from the Battlefield to the Boardroom". American Psychology Association.
  9. ^ Division 19 of the APA (2006). "The Official Newsletter of Division 19 of the APA" (PDF). THE MILITARY PSYCHOLOGIST. 22.
  10. ^ "Brigadier General Brings Academic Credentials to New Career in Higher Education". Senior Military in Transition. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Top Leadership Expert to Join Yale SOM Faculty and Run Leadership Development Program". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  12. ^ Kolditz, Thomas. "Doerr Bio Page". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  14. ^ Wermund, Benjamin (13 May 2015). "Rice to launch leadership institute with historic gift". Huston Chronicle. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  15. ^ New, Jake (14 May 2014). "Leaders, One and All". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  16. ^ Kolditz, Thomas (2007). "In Extremis Leadership: Leading As If Your Life Depended On It". Jossey-Bass. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  17. ^ Matthews, Ph.D., Michaal. "In Extremis Leadership: Leading Others When the Chips are Down". Psychology Today. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  18. ^ Smith, Harry (14 October 2014). "New Challenge for Miners". CBS News- The Early Show. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Is Bob McDonald a Perfect Fit for Veterans Affairs?". 30 June. Retrieved 13 December 2016 – via Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. ^ "Tom Kolditz comments on the AOL CEO Tim Armstrong debacle". Retrieved 13 December 2016 – via AI Aljazeera America.
  21. ^ Thompson, Mark (15 November 2011). "Leading in Tough Times | Col. Tom Kolditz with Mark C. Thompson". Mark C. Thompson. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  22. ^ Kolditz, Thomas. "How to Lead Without Being There". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  23. ^ Co-Author: Kolditz, Thomas (2014). "Why They Fight: Combat Motivation In The Iraq War". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  24. ^ co-author: Kolditz, Thomas (2005). "Leader to Leader, Leadership Breakthroughs from West Point: A Special Supplement". Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  25. ^ "Consultancy/speaking". SaxonCastle. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  26. ^ Kolditz, Thomas (25 September 2007). "Distinguished Speaker Series" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  27. ^ "Thomas Kolditz Speaker Bio Page". Retrieved 13 December 2016.

External Linkes

  • Thomas Kolditz Keynote Speaking Biography [1]