What is Vertical Development?


Vertical development is new to the leadership and personal development space, but research on vertical development has been around for over 50 years in the field of developmental psychology.

The Value Difference between Vertical and Horizontal Development

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My experience is that nearly all people responsible for developing leaders in organizations are only aware of one form of development: horizontal development. Horizontal development is adding new knowledge, skills, and capabilities to a leader. It is similar to downloading a new app onto an iPad. It is designed to broaden leaders’ functionality, to help […]

Vertical Development – Mind 3.0

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Vertical development is a form of development that focuses on upgrading one’s internal operating system (i.e., becoming better). It is all about enhancing one’s ability to make meaning in more cognitively and emotionally sophisticated ways.

How Do You Elevate Your Leadership through Vertical Development?

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71% of organizations do not feel their leaders are able to lead their organization into the future Why is this? It is because organizations do not feel like their leaders are vertically developed enough to navigate the complexities of leadership in an uncertain and ever-changing marketplace. There are two forms of leadership development: horizontal development […]