Vertical Conversations Reading List

The reading list below broadly covers the emerging CCL point of view on vertical development. Most of it is necessary background for CCL faculty who wish a comprehensive view on vertical development. We do not necessarily “teach” all of this — and, it is what we need to know as advanced practitioners. First-time readers are invited to skim to topics of greatest interest. The articles are arranged from most basic to more advanced. Start here at the top and work down the list per your needs and interests …

Rooke, D., & Torbert, W. R. (2005, April). Seven transformations of leadership. Harvard Business Review, 66–77.

Petrie, Nick. (2014). Vertical leadership development, Part 1: Developing leaders for a complex world. CCL White Paper, Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.

Petrie, Nick. (2015). The How-To of Vertical Leadership Development–Part 2. CCL White Paper, Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.

McGuire, J.B. & Palus, C.J. (2019). Vertical Leadership for Executive Teams: Culture Still Wins Over Strategy. CCL White Paper, Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.

The Structure of Leadership

The Vertical Self-Estimate™ (VSE) User’s Guide (draft). Global Leadership Associates in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership.

The Leadership Culture Map

Herdman-Barker, E., & Torbert, W.R. (2019). The Practice of Action Inquiry. Leadership Explorer blog.

Herdman-Barker, E., & Wallis, N.C. (2016). Imperfect beauty: Hierarchy and fluidity in leadership development. Challenging Organisations and Society: Reflective Hybrids, 5(1). 1-17.

Three short, client friendly videos on action logics and action inquiry

McGuire, J. B., & Palus, C.J. (2018). Vertical development of leadership cultureIntegral Review. 14(1), August. 144-166.

Charles J. Palus, John B. McGuire, Sarah Stawiski, & William R. Torbert  (2019). The Art and Science of Vertical Leadership Development. In press.

McCauley, C. D., Drath, W. H., Palus, C. J., O’Connor, P. M. G., & Baker, B. A. (2006). The use of constructive-developmental theory to advance the understanding of leadership. Leadership Quarterly, 17, 634–653.

Susanne Cook-Greuter. (2005). Ego development: Nine levels of increasing embrace.

Jennifer Garvey Berger (2003). A Summary of the Constructive-Developmental Theory Of Robert Kegan

Santana, Laura (2009). Making the value of development visible: A sequential mixed methodology study of the integral impact of post-classroom leader and leadership development. Dissertation for the Ph.D. in Leadership and Change Program of Antioch University.

Torbert, W.R. (2017). The Pragmatic Impact on Leaders & Organizations Of Interventions Based in the Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry Approach. Integral Leadership Review.