Ukraine: Leadership Lessons From The Front Line

By Thayer Leadership, Friday, January 06, 2023

Dan Rice, President of Thayer Leadership and 1988 graduate of West Point, was named as Special Advisor to General Zaluzhnyi, Commander of the Ukranian Armed Forces, in May 2022. In this capacity, he supports and consults in an unpaid and voluntary role. He has had to register his activities rallying support in the U.S. for the Ukrainians with the U.S. Department of Justice.  Dan's unique insights into how Ukraine has held fast in the face of Russian aggression is explained by exemplary values-based leadership, role modeled on U.S. military principles taught for over two hundred years in the United States Army. With Dan's exclusive access to the General, front-line research, and keen insights, he has uncovered how the Ukrainian military leader development model and learning has upheld their culture against aggression.

Scroll down to view a list of his interviews, articles, and insights about Ukraine.

General Zaluzhnyi handing painting to Dan Rice.


Interviews of Dan Rice on CNN: Out Front with Erin Burnett

CNN Appearance #6 (10 Jan 2023)

CNN Appearance #5 (21 Dec 2022)

CNN Appearance #4 (18 Oct 2022)

CNN Appearance #3 (9 Sept 2022)

CNN Appearance #2 (19 Aug 2022)

CNN Appearance #1 (6 June 2022)


Additional Interviews of Dan Rice

Rosemary Barton Live (22 Jan 2023)

Dan Rice and COL (Ret.) Lee Van Arsdale on dismounted patrol in Donbas.


Articles written by Dan Rice

'Failure to Imagine' in Russia-Ukraine War Costly
(Newsmax; 19 January 2023)

History Repeats – Putin Makes Same Fatal Mistake as Hitler
(Newsmax; 4 January 2023)

Ukraine is the Modern-Day Sparta 
(Small Wars Journal; 28 October 2022)

Observations from the Donbas Front 
(Small Wars Journal; 5 August 2022)

The Untold Story of the Battle of Kyiv
(Small Wars Journal; 31 May 2022)


Articles with contributions by Dan Rice

Tanks, but No Tanks
(Foreign Policy; 18 January 2023)

Ukraine's Artillery Did The Most Killing Around Kyiv, Ultimately Saving The City From Russian Occupation
(Forbes; 26 December 2022)

Cluster Munitations Could Become "Game Changer" if Provided to Ukraine
(Ukraine media, UKRInform; 22 December 2022)

Ukraine War Provides Leadership Lessons From the Battlefront
(Chief Executive magazine; 7 November 2022)

Inside the Ukrainian Counterstrike that Turned the Tide of the War
(TIME magazine; 26 September 2022)

It’s Churchillian: Lessons from Ukraine’s Commander in Chief
(Chief Executive magazine; 6 July 2022)


Books with contributions by Dan Rice

(Kyiv Consulting; 2022)


Podcasts with discussions by Dan Rice

The World Today-Episode Five: Dan Rice
(Foreign Policy Association 1918; December 2022)