Researchers in adult development conclude that leaders who map to more advanced stages of growth are more likely to be successful at:
- Initiating and sustaining complex changes,
- Envisioning longer-term strategic outcomes, and
- Leading diverse and intricate organizations.
But just because a person grows older doesn’t mean they develop these “vertical” capabilities.
So how do you develop executive presence, wisdom and good judgment, tolerance for ambiguity, or the ability to act courageously in the face of uncertainty or downright adversity? I use assessments, expert teaching and facilitation, and proven coaching methods to cultivate these sophisticated skills.
A benefit of an entire career spent in a particular field is the knowledge gained over time from a multitude of theories, models, tools, frameworks, instruments, activities … While I still draw from this deep pool, these are my current “go-to” resources:
- Robert Kegan, “The Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization,” and “In Over our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life”
- Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky, “Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading,” and “The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World ”
- Barry Johnson, “Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems”
- Bob Anderson, “Mastering Leadership: An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results,” and “The Leadership Circle Assessment”
- Suzanne Cook-Grueter, David Rooke, Bill Torbert, et. al, “The Maturity Assessment Profile”, “The Leadership Development Framework,” and “The Leadership Development Profile”
- William Joiner and Stephen Josephs, “Leadership Agility: 5 Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change”
- Jennifer Berger-Garvey, “Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World”