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Col. Thomas A. Kolditz
In Extremis Leadership

Colonel Kolditz is the founder of Saxon Castle, LLC, a consultancy specializing in leader development. Prior to Saxon Castle, Tom has been responsible for teaching, research, and outreach activities in Leadership, Psychology, Sociology, and Management at West Point, and also served as the founding director of the West Point Leadership Center. Colonel Kolditz has more than 26 years in command and supervisory positions, serving on four continents in his 34 years of service. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and in the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, and is a member of the Academy of Management. His most recent book, titled In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, was based on more than 100 interviews taken in Iraq during combat operations. He has been named as a Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute and as a Top Leader Development Professional by Leadership Excellence. Kolditz is among a handful of presidentially confirmed officers offered permanent tenure at West Point beyond 30 years of service. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, three master’s degrees, and a PhD in social psychology from the University of Missouri. Off duty, he serves as the senior instructor on West Point’s competitive sport parachute team.


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