In this Leaders Developing Leaders parable, a young businessman is thrust into action, tasked with leading a team of top performers from across his company’s departments to solve the organization’s greatest problem. Faced with a rapidly approaching deadline and unsure of how to lead his team towards a solution, he seeks guidance from a stranger he meets during a chance encounter. Through a series of time-traveling journeys enabled by a mystical collection of coins in the possession of his new mentor, the young man experiences first-hand some of the greatest leaders and moments in the history of the military, sports, government and business. As he diligently pursues learning the timeless lessons necessary to become the type of leader his team needs before it’s too late, he discovers that all of these adventures are a part of something greater; a singular necessity that we all are capable of developing in our own lives, and the driving force behind what it truly means to become a leader worth following.
Dr. Joseph J. Thomas
Director, VADM James B, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership United States Naval Academy