Leadership Profile: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Tino MantellaBy Tino Mantella

TLG President & CEO





“I need ammunition, not a ride.”

– Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine


As a company that focuses all our energy on leadership development, whether it be coaching, succession planning, learning and development, pre-hire assessments, and the variety of other services we offer, everything revolves around growing leaders. Identifying leaders, particularly in their historic moments of decision making, seems to be an effective way for a leadership development company to call attention to good or bad examples of leadership.

I believe the words of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, “I need ammunition, not a ride,” will last beyond our lifetimes. These words will be part of history.

It’s a moment in time when a leader stood his ground, motivating not only the people of Ukraine but the world. Bravery, courage, honesty, and fighting against tyranny even when his life, and that of his family, are at supreme risk.

Most of us, in this century at least, don’t face these kind of life-or-death situations. Yet, we all have opportunities every day to make decisions. Sometimes they are those moments of truth that will make others decide if they’ll follow you. The people of Ukraine could have laid down their arms and let the chips fall where they may. Overlay this situation with a leaderless Afghanistan.

We are in  The Great Resignation. Many factors have brought us to this point from Covid-19 to the many job opportunities that are out there. One thing is for certain; if a respected leader walks his or her talk, then the likelihood of staying with them goes up significantly.

Most would go to “hell and back” for Zelenskyy. And the world is watching Putin who, in contrast, does not have the support of many of his people.



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