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"I was a scrawny and awkward teen who was bullied and sexually assaulted in high school, so I am devoted to supporting organizations that help to protect and empower those who cannot protect and empower themselves."


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Christopher D. Kolenda, Ph.D., founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy, helps his clients gain and sustain an unassailable competitive advantage by working with them to get the 3 BIG things right: Leadership, Culture, and Strategy.  Since 2014, his clients have grown by over $25 million and counting.

Chris is a West Point graduate, internationally renowned combat leader, retired Army Colonel, published author, and business leader who brings his passion and unique background to a mission that is personal and close to his heart -- working with organizations that help to protect and empower those who are not in a position to protect and empower themselves. As a sexual assault survivor, he brings humility, compassion and deeper meaning to the timeless habits of Leadership, Culture, and Strategy.

The author of the critically acclaimed book, Leadership: The Warrior’s Art -- which has sold over 50,000 copies, Chris draws from a storied military career (see CNN Jake Tapper’s bestselling book, The Outpost) and extensive practice and scholarship, to help leaders and teams create and maintain an unassailable competitive advantage. 

About Strategic Leaders Academy
Our Owner/Consultants are all former senior military leaders. These self-starters are ideal coaches and consultants for successful small businesses and nonprofits. They are highly educated (all have advanced degrees) and experienced. They bring a spirit of service, a dedication to duty, impeccable reputations, and a commitment to excellence. They have led soldiers in combat, persevered in trying and often deadly circumstances, and served at the highest levels of one of the world’s most trusted and respected organizations. They are resilient. They bring Fortune 500-level thinking, cost-effectively, to your organization.



    • Nonprofits that protect and empower people
    • Health care organizations
    • First responders
    • We've also been known to help NFL teams like the Browns and Jets 


    "A trusted and respected expert, Mr. Kolenda’s advice and counsel were instrumental in the development and adaptation of United States policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
    - Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense (June 17, 2014)

    "A trusted advisor … His strategic advice and insight have been invaluable … He was instrumental in assisting in the development of a strategic design for success [in Afghanistan] that was sent by the Secretary of Defense to the President of the United States … His efforts have helped posture the U.S. for a successful outcome.”
    - General Joseph F. Dunford, Commander, U.S. Forces

    “Chris’s ability to lead & articulate his message & vision is unparalleled. He hit the nail on the head, and struck a chord with our team as he preached Focus, Discipline & Accountability, “1-60-24″ with our team & we did exactly that for a big-statement win! We appreciate your mentorship & service! Go Browns!”
    - Blake Williams, Linebackers Coach, Cleveland Browns

    “Chris’s leadership through the development of our strategy was transformational. He navigated a very difficult dynamic and successfully pulled everyone together into a team… With a clear path forward, we can now focus on saving lives.”
    - Colleen Creighton, Executive Director, American Association of Suicidology

    "Six months ago my business went through a major transition. Chris helped us navigate this tough period with his strategy support, expert counsel and his ability to hold me and my team accountable…. I have no doubt that we would not be in business today without Chris’ coaching and support. On a personal level, he is an amazing example of leadership with integrity and genuinely cares about those he mentors.”
    - Sam Cook, Founder, James Cook Media


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