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Yale School of Management Revamps Leadership Development Program, Appoints New Director

A retired Army general and West Point leadership expert will help reintroduce the Yale School of Management (SOM)’s Leadership Development Program (LDP), the New Haven business school announced this week.

Brigadier General (Retired) Thomas A. Kolditz, a widely regarded expert in leadership, will take the helm of SOM’s new LDP beginning July 1, 2012. Kolditz, who has held a distinguished career in the U.S. Army, served most recently as professor and head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was also founding director of the West Point Leadership Center and has led global teams and consulted with organizations such as General Electric and AARP.

An SOM faculty committee has been evaluating leadership training at the school over the past year and developed a set of priorities that Kolditz will use to revamp the LDP.

“The purpose of the new LDP will be to prepare Yale SOM graduates to think expansively, rigorously and responsibly about their footprint in the world,” read a release from the school. In particular, the new program will emphasize the importance of understanding core values and commitments and the impact of decisions on a wide range of global constituencies.

“With the appointment of General Tom Kolditz and the introduction of the Leadership Development Program into our integrated MBA curriculum, Yale SOM is building an exceptional capability to develop elevated leaders,” Yale Dean Edward Snyder said in a statement.

Kolditz, currently a senior lecturer at SOM, has begun developing plans for a revamped LDP that will span the two-year MBA experience and involve a range of activities, including classroom discussion, group and team work, club leadership and international coursework and travel.

“My ambitions for the program are significant,” Kolditz stated. “It should be more than a class. It should be a process of individual change in which each student owns his or her development as a leader and learns to apply rigorous, ethical thinking about leadership to a wide range of endeavors,” he continued.

A generous gift by Forrest E. Mars, Jr. and John F. Mars to the Forrest E. Mars Sr. Fund for Values & Ethics in Management will fund the establishment of the comprehensive new program.

Though incoming first-year students this year will be the first to participate fully in the revamped LDP, rising second-year students will take part in many of its new activities, the school says.

Learn more about Yale SOM’s new Leadership Development Program.

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