Mindsets are the Key to Vertical Leadership Development

Elevate Your Personal Leadership

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Mind Levels

Elevate the Leaders in Your Organization

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Are you developing your people in the best way?

People and leaders can develop in two different ways:

Horizontal Development

Gaining Knowledge
and Skills

Like Downloading an App


  • Easy to train

  • Easy to measure

  • Great for basic skills and tasks


  • Doesn’t help leaders better navigate change, pressure, uncertainty, and complexity

Vertical Development

Enhancing cognitive
and emotional sophistication

Like Upgrading the Operating System


  • Allows people to better navigate change, pressure, uncertainty, and complexity
  • Leads to greater agility
  • Leads to greater emotional intelligence


  • Most are unfamiliar with vertical development because 95%+ of personal and leadership development focus on horizontal development

Organizations that develop their leaders and don’t focus on vertical development
are making their leaders fat with knowledge, but short on impact


Success Mindsets

Do you know for sure that you have the mindsets necessary for success?

Only 2.5% of people are in the top quartile for the four sets of mindsets that I focus on. Discover the quality of your mindsets and how to improve them.

What readers are saying:

  • “By far, one of my favorite books to date on mindsets.”
  • “This book should be required reading for all leaders.”
  • “Best leadership book I’ve read In ages.”
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Do You Have the Mindsets that Drive Success?

The most comprehensive and research-backed
mindset assessment to date.

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Use this to assess the collective mindsets of your organization, leadership team, or department
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What Clients Are Saying

testimonial volcom

Great seminar that truly helps change the perspective on leadership behavior. The simplicity of the material makes it easy to understand how improvement is possible for everyone.

testimonial experian

The training and content was fantastic and applicable. Ryan was great with his delivery that resulted in meaningful personal and professional reflection and discussions. I look forward to future sessions.

testimonial brandman

This was an eye-opener for me and I’m glad I got to learn these 4 mindsets. I will definitely revisit these mindsets and begin to apply them in my everyday life, not only in my leadership positions. 

Brandman University

Ryan engaged our group with enthusiasm. He had clearly done his homework to understand our audience. The most frequent comment from the group was “we’d like to have more time with Dr. Gottfredson.” Again, a sound endorsement of a job well done.

Dennis Bolling, NCFC Education Committee Chair

Ryan was able to provide cutting-edge leadership development insights to our managers in an engaging and informative way that made them really think about their mindsets. The self-assessment allowed them to be introspective and evaluate their style as a leader, and Ryan really helped bring that information to life. His research, ability to answer questions, and dive deep to provide actionable change within these four mindsets was very helpful to our leaders. When it comes to training, I know this will definitely stick with our leaders, and be a memorable topic of discussion for them that drives real change!

Ashley, Grangel Insurance

Connect with Ryan

Ryan helps leaders and organizations become more successful, vertically developed, and future-ready by helping them awaken to four specific SUCCESS MINDSETS. Connect with Ryan to explore ways to elevate the leaders in your organization.