Vertical Leadership Development

A different process

Vertical development is inside-out learning and involves a quite different process – one that is based on reflection, awareness-raising and personal insight. It requires a deeper self-examination that can lead to changes in perspective.

In contrast to horizontal learning, vertical development is as much about unlearning as learning. Indeed one of its key features, and an important reason why it’s so difficult, is that it so often involves letting go of something.

Loss, and the fear of it, combined with the vulnerability that’s associated with it, goes hand in hand with vertical development.

It can be the letting go of certainty, and a re-assessment of strongly held beliefs and assumptions, previous ways of seeing the world or tried-and-tested formulas for succeeding which no longer work so well.

It can also be the letting go of our story about ourselves which we come to realise is no longer accurate, or even true. This is not easy for most of us.

Inner change, contact, breakthroughs

The change process is an inner one, involving psychological breakthroughs and emotional contact, and is not always visible to the untrained eye. Sometimes it’s only months or years later that other people notice and say – there’s something quite different about him or her now. There has been a change.

Accelerate vertical growth

A number of life experiences and developmental processes accelerate vertical growth and development. Courage and Spark© has been one of those for an ever increasing number of people.

Common driving forces for vertical development

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Consistently feeling frustrated by situations, dilemmas and challenges.

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Regularly experiencing the limits of your current way of thinking and reacting.

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A strong desire to understand oneself better.

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Wanting to be in touch with one’s own emotions and be able to express them with greater ease.

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A sense of not having fulfilled oneself.

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A need to find a deeper sense of purpose.

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A desire to tune into others and be in better contact (connection).

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Feeling stuck.

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In transition with unresolved questions.

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A feeling of having outgrown a level.

Life experiences and developmental processes that accelerate vertical growth

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Stretch roles and assignments.

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Living outside your own culture or sub-culture.

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Major life events such as marriage, civil partnership, parenthood and loss.

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An environment or set of relationships that supports inner change.

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Working on yourself in therapy or psychologically-oriented coaching.

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Powerful vertical development programmes which are embedded in experiential learning.

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Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Poetry, Philosophy and other innerfocused processes.

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Faith-based spiritual practices.

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