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Research Says Vertical Development Can Make You A Better Leader

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What Leaders Can Expect In 2021

Elevating Leadership Development Practices to Meet Emerging Needs

The changing landscape that leaders face demands an evolution of leadership development that not only builds skills but also grows a leader’s capacity to effectively respond to and manage an ambiguous, uncertain and changing future.

We presented differences in how six common leadership development practices including assessments, individual development plans, expert knowledge sharing, mentorship, coaching, and experiential opportunities were used in a more traditional skill-building way, and how principles of vertical development were incorporated.

We conclude with specific practical approaches to modify traditional practices to meet emerging needs.

Helping Leaders Grow Up: Vertical Leadership Development in Practice

This research reinforces arguments for the use of adult vertical development theory to transform traditional leadership development practices to prepare leaders for the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. Vertical leadership development strategies and practices were assessed in fifteen large organizations. Factors that influenced the success of implementing strategies to support leadership mindset agility include:

  • the organization’s learning strategy and beliefs about individual change
  • senior leader engagement
  • space for openness and vulnerability
  • capability and experience of practitioners
  • alignment in business processes
  • an expanded understanding of risk-taking.

Seven Month Leader Mind Brain Progress Impact Summary:

Read about the impact of a seven month program sponsored by Pepperdine University’s  Graziadio Center for Applied Research and The Pittsburgh Foundation.


Leadership in a Smart Machine Age:

Knowing that what can be automated will be automated gives significant importance to what makes us uniquely human: curiosity, humor, empathy, creativity, wisdom, and passion. These are the things that will add value in the future of work. Additionally, the capacity to learn, unlearn and relearn at a rapid pace will be critical. What better time to consider how advances in scientific discoveries made possible by smart machines, such as functional brain imaging, can be applied to human development? We believe that advances in Mind-Brain discoveries can support our evolution and increase the probability that a collaboration between humans and smart machines will bring out the best in both.


Bridging the Complexity Gap:

Leading Effectively in a VUCA World

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Emotional Dynamism:

Playing the Music of Leadership

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A Blueprint for Change:

Appreciative Inquiry

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