Vertical Development is different to horizontal development. This explains why it is an important distinction.
To understand what vertical development is, it is helpful to contrast it with horizontal development, which is what we typically experience with Leadership Development. Horizontal development is about expanding your toolkit by adding to the tools you already have. You gain more skills, expand your knowledge and become more competent. These are tangibles that are easily measured and quantifiable. Consider communications training, dealing with conflict, and other standard Learning outcomes.
Vertical development, on the other hand, is about expanding your mindset — changing the way you think and behave. Your mindset refers to the mental models you engage when you are thinking - called Cognitive Intentions here - as well as your sense of identity. Vertical development isn’t about skills: it’s about transforming the way a leader thinks from a position of Intention and Awareness, which will impact what they do and how they behave. In vertical development, you pay attention to becoming more adaptable, more self-aware and more collaborative. This was harder to measure. Until now!
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