Date of Paper/Work

2011

Type of Paper/Work

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Department

Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Joann M. Bangs

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to expand the current body of

knowledge related to exit strategies employed by ethical, enduring

leaders as they prepare to exit their current posts. This is

accomplished by using the following resources:

 Scholarly literature review covering voluntary terminations,

quitting and leadership

 In-depth interviews with exited leaders

 In-depth interviews with Human Resources professionals from

companies the leaders exited

The common, emerging themes have been analyzed and provide the

basis for building an effective exit strategy framework; that positions

leaders to leave an organization as good or better than they found it,

prepares their staff for the exit and provides leaders with great

confidence that they are indeed “leaving well.”

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