Vertical Leadership Research Forum, London, June 2017

The Center for Creative Leadership was honored to partner with Global Leadership Associates and Bill Torbert in designing and hosting a Research Forum on vertical leadership development, 27-29 London 2017. Joining us were colleagues from Google, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Third Act, and Penske Trucks.

We focused on practical applications of vertical leadership development and asked each other:

Site of the 2017 Research Forum on Vertical Leadership Development
  • How have you been using and applying ideas and methods based in (or related to) vertical development (aka stage theory) for leadership development? What works best?
  • In particular, how do you use vertical development ideas and methods to develop organizational systems, practices, policies, strategies, and cultures (not just individuals)? What works best?
  • How do you measure progress?

We will report our findings in a technical report to be issued soon. Watch this space.

In the meantime, some of the topics this group is addressing are:

  • Action inquiry in the face of complex challenges in a changing world
  • Leadership cultures & their transformations
  • Architectures for leadership development: Vertical as the scaffold, and the spotlight
  • Executive team coaching
  • The Leadership Culture Map™
  • Effective leadership strategies in a VUCA world
  • The scientific evaluation of vertical development
  • Vertical development for everybody, everywhere
  • Immunity to change & deliberately developmental organizations
  • Development and impact at multiple levels: society, organization, group, individual (SOGI)
  • Life journeys / From Here to There Stories / Story telling
  • How to frame developmental feedback
  • Seven ways of framing power & politics
  • Mindfulness / meditation / holistic and integral practices
  • Systems thinking
  • Dealing with complexity
  • The Global Leadership Profile for assessing vertical development
  • The Transformations™ card decks for exploring life journeys


  • Chuck Palus, palusc(at)
  • Elaine Herdman-Barker, Elaine(at)
  • Richard Izard, richard(at)

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