Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




This case study focuses on the leadership theory used by the Vice President (VP) of a 500 employee organization within a large multinational corporation. The problem addressed is whether this VP is a principle-centered leader. This is a leadership theory championed by Stephen R. Covey. The Covey Leadership Center works with thousands of organizations throughout the world to educate them on principle-centered leadership. Although the available literature is limited to Covey, the similarities to ethical leadership theory are addressed in the literature review. Data collected from researcher observations experience, and interviews is evaluated against principle-centered leadership criteria. This evaluation and analysis uses characteristics, beliefs, and behaviors to validate the research problem. Organizational impacts are also addressed related to the leadership style of the VP. Recommendations are provided on the future organizational changes necessary due to this leadership theory.


SC 11.MAL.1998.Smith.SR