Vertical Development Example #3: Microsoft CEOs

Satya Nadella

Have you ever wondered what sets apart great leaders from good leaders (or worse)? What we are learning is that the difference between great leaders and no-so-great leaders is how vertically developed they are. Or, stated differently, how cognitively and emotionally sophisticated they are. Many people do not yet know the concepts of “vertical development” […]

Leadership Development Should Focus on Leaders’ Internal Operating Systems


When developing leaders, I think it is helpful to make a comparison between leaders and computers. If I want to upgrade a computer, I have two primary options: I can add on new programs to broaden its functionality I can upgrade its operating system Out of these two options, I think that most leadership development […]

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