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Leadership Series

Ukraine: A Test of Leadership

Dec 11, 2023

Room 1310, Ivey Business School

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Lviv Business School at Ukrainian Catholic University

Lviv Business School at Ukrainian Catholic University

Join the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership and our colleague Andrii Rozhdestvenskyi, Professor in Leadership and Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Lviv Business School at Ukrainian Catholic University, for a screening of Ukraine: A Test of Leadership.

About the film:

The idea for the film originated as a result of numerous trips by the Executive Director of the Center for Leadership of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Andrii Rozhdestvenskyi, across Ukraine after the full-scale invasion by Russia. Hearing the hundreds of stories interviewees shared, equally heroic and tragic in their everyday lives, only confirmed the long-standing notion that their society faced unprecedented challenges. The need to withstand the struggle against a much stronger enemy gave rise to leaders of a new kind – charismatic, inventive, visionary, and most importantly, sincere in professing their ideas. 

The filming of the movie, which took place during the summer of 2023, highlights the stories of several leaders: chaplain, historian, and “adoption enthusiast” Pastor Hennadii Mokhnenko from Mariupol, co-founder and Chair of the Supervisory Board of Enzym Group in Lviv, Olena Vovk, as well as former IT professional and graduate of the UCU Business School, now officer in the Ukrainian Defense Forces, Kostiantyn (“Max”) Krykunov.

All of them represent different professions, with distinct backgrounds and outlooks on life. However, they are united by the fact that, once the established social hierarchy cracked, they not only endured but also led others. Their leadership paths were filled with challenges, fears, and doubts, but they led to results that practically no one expected. How did they manage it? Was this inner impulse innate, or did it manifest solely under the pressure of circumstances? Can we talk about a universal “recipe” for Leadership? And if so, how do we find its “ingredients”? Dive into the search with the filmmakers and discover how Ukraine undergoes its Leadership exam.

Participants in the filming process:

  • Andrii Rozhdestvenskyi Author of the Film Concept
  • Andrii Kononenko Director of Photography
  • Valentyn Strieltsov Camera Operator
  • Yevhenii Ladyk Camera Operator
  • Olena Shcherbyna Screenwriter, Editor
  • Oleksandr Vorotyntsev Editing Director
  • Artem Diachenko Sound Engineer
  • Oles Hubenko Sound Operator
  • Andrii Skopychenko Video Engineer
  • Bohdan Mametskyi Designer
  • Tetiana Pavliuk Producer
  • Valerii Hrechyshkin Driver
  • Ihor Marko Driver

About Andrii Rozhdestvenskyi:

Professor in Leadership, HR&OD, Executive Director, Center for Leadership, Lviv Business School at Ukrainian Catholic University

Andrii Rozhdestvenskyi served as a profiler and analyst in Israel’s security service, where he specialized in counter-terrorism matters, including special communications and negotiations. Later he became HR Business Partner-Retail at Oschadbank with subsequent promotion to Head of Personnel and Training in the bank (35,000 employees). Rozhdestvenskyy adjusted classical sales techniques to the bank’s needs and then started tailoring training programs to suit the needs of other areas of business (telecommunications, IT industry, agriculture etc.). As a result, he started his own business – a consulting company with emphasis on developing and tailoring personnel training systems for specific businesses.

Andrii provides assistance to organizations specializing in childhood cancer and alcohol and drug rehabilitation. He is a member of the movement “Change Ukraine – Start with Yourself” and organizer of the Everest 2025 project. Mr. Rozhdestvenskyi received a higher education degree in Psychology from the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, did his post graduate studies at the G.S. Kostiuk Institute of Psychology in Kyiv and successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis.