Vertical Leadership Development

When we talk with organizational stakeholders this is what they tell us they need, not just in leaders but in contributors at every level...

  • Capacity to deal with ambiguous, uncertain, and complex challenges.
  • Awareness and ability to tap diversity in backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Resilience and responsiveness to be effective no matter the stress and demands.

These are not skills or knowledge that can be learned in a classroom or webinar. They are capacities that come from building emotional, intellectual, and even physical and spiritual awareness and capabilities. 

Vertical Leadership Development (VLD), also known as Adult Stage Development or Adult Development Theory, and Ego Construct Development, provides a scaffolding for understanding and working with this profound process of capacity building.

And while VLD is not new, it is more relevant than ever before.

Vertical Leadership Development is about building capacities to see, understand, empathize, and respond in a greater variety of ways and in response to a range of situations.

  • VLD enables leaders to expand their range of response.
  • VLD grows organizational culture to allow for experimentation, psychological safety, and mindful action and interaction.
  • VLD provides coaches with a map for going deep to address the mindsets that define, limit, and shape our client's experience and growth.

This series is compromised of 3 live webinars and 3 live discussion groups and has 4.5 CEUs pending ICF approval. In order to receive CEUs you will need to attend all of the webinars live.

Course materials will include interviews with and input from adult development luminaries Susann Cook-Greuter, Ed.D, Jennifer Garvey-Berger, Ph.D, Deb Helsing, Ph.D, Bob Kegan, PhD, Elaine Herdman Barker and Bill Torbert. As well as white papers, research, and tools for working with different mindset stages.

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Meet The Seminar Presenter

Jan Rybeck

Cultivating  leaders, teams, and talent to meet the demands of complexity and change is at the core of Jan’s work.  A Master Certified Coach,  Jan has been coaching since 1995 and been a Fellow with the Institute of Coaching (IOC) for 10 yrs.Her webinar, articles, and CoachX video on Vertical Development are available through the IOC. She has led Executive Coaching business lines for several consulting firms, designed and delivered leadership development programs for government, healthcare, and private sector entities, taught on faculty with Harvard’s Psychology of Leadership Course, and served on faculty w New Ventures West Integral Coaching program. 

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Date & Time Topic
October 12, 2022
11:00 am to 12:30 pm ET
The Why and What of VLD
November 03, 2022
11:00 am to 12:30 pm ET
Deep Dive with Mindsets/Action Logics/Forms of Mind
December 06, 2022
11:00 am to 12:30 pm ET
Vertical Development and Coaching
Date & Time Topic
October 21, 2022
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Horizontal and Vertical Development
November 18, 2022
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Q & A Grounding in the Mindset Stages
December 16, 2022
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Vertical Development, Teams, and Culture

In this modular series we will:

  • Unpack why VLD is relevant today. 
  • Key distinctions commonly understood between horizontal and vertical growth and how they work together.
  • Explore different Vertical Development frameworks and the core common principles.
  • Dive deep into the VLD development stages and transitions and what they look like in life and leadership leaders and coaching.
  • How to use VLD as a map for distilling and supporting growth.
  • Developmental paths, processes, and dynamics such as what it means to include & transcend, build range, and fall back.
  • Explore VLD coaching and assessment tools and techniques.
  • Impact and implications for coaching including how the coach’s mindset shapes the coaching experience, coaching approaches with different stages of development, and coaching as a developmental experience.