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DSL Project: The Currency of Leadership

The Currency of Leadership

This manuscript presents ethical and cultural organizational challenges in a narrative format from the perspective of a new CEO. Cheryl Stevens is the first female CEO in The Company’s history. Shortly after she is installed, a myriad of leadership issues emerge, and she is faced with the real possibility of having to resign or being terminated. A chance encounter with a former business school classmate embarks Cheryl and The Company on a fantastic leadership journey. At the behest of her classmate, Cheryl contacts The Consultant, who assesses the organization, provides his findings and recommendations, and implements a customized training plan to address the underlying issues. The Currency of Leadership demonstrates the nuances and personalization involved in effective consulting and corporate training development.

Organizations in the 21st Century are globally exposed. Ethical failures stream around the world in real-time. Corporations rise and fall based on their values, culture, and associated actions. Changing corporate values, breeding an ethical environment, and adapting customized training based on organizational need are paramount for the success of global organizations. Consultants must serve as confidants, mentors, and corporate trainers who not only make assessments and recommendations, and deliver training, but who also design and develop training that meets the ever-changing needs of global organizations. The days of off-the-shelf training have fallen by the wayside. Organizations need timely, relevant training that is designed specifically for them, their environment, and their culture.

In this creative application of academic information, the art of consulting is combined with the skill and technical acumen required to design and deliver training to transform organizational culture. Additionally, the academic content stands alone as a guide for establishing core values, defining ethical boundaries, and identifying the qualities of authentic leadership that are crucial for organizational success in the global economy. This is both a quick reference that leaders can utilize to make mid-course corrections and a blueprint for developing customizing training to meet changing needs.

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Following graduation, Dr. Bishop authored a book based on his doctoral project. The Currency of Leadership may be purchased online at