Trust, Trustworthiness, and Stewardship: A Transformative Approach


– Professor, Business, University of Illinois Springfield, Illinois, USA
– Professor, Business, Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, USA

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship
BISAC: BUS008000

This new book by Cam Caldwell and Verl Anderson identifies insights about the ethical issues associated with trust and trustworthiness, and their relationship to the leader’s obligations as an ethical steward. The purpose of this book is to identify the importance of trust and trustworthiness in the “Transformative Era,” a time when constant change and the increasing demands of customers make it paramount for organizations to obtain the commitment, followership, and extra-role behaviors required to compete in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous global marketplace. Unfortunately, leaders today have failed to earn the trust of others by creating arms-length transactional relationships that destroy employee commitment.

This book frames the characteristics of the “Transformative Era” and explains how leaders can restore the trust that they have lost by honoring the steward’s obligation to create long-term wealth and serve the interests of all stakeholders.
In a world where 71% of all employees are actively looking for new job opportunities and only 16% of employees worldwide describe themselves as “actively engaged” in their work, the importance of reframing the employer-employee relationship demands immediate attention. This book identifies the conditions which make up today’s “Transformative Era” and explains how and why leaders destroy trust in the modern organization. It then identifies how leaders can adopt a Transformative Approach to creating organizations that are prepared to survive the turmoil of the modern economy.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Setting the Stage – Overview and Introduction

Chapter 2. The Need for Better Leaders – A Predictable Problem

Chapter 3. Trust from a Transformative Perspective

Chapter 4. Trustworthiness and Transformative Change

Chapter 5. Stewardship as a Transformative Model

Chapter 6. Transformative Philosophy and Why It Matters – A New Moral Perspective

Chapter 7. Stewardship as a Moral Virtue

Chapter 8. Transformative Leadership – Practical Applications and Implications for Trust

Chapter 9. Self-Assessment and the Stewardship Role – What Leaders Often Forget

Chapter 10. Leadership Virtues and Constant Learning – Raising the Bar

Chapter 11. The Virtuous Reward – Finding Your Voice and Helping Others Find Theirs


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