There are also two types of 360 assessments that use a vertical lens. The Leadership Circle is informed by Adult Stage theory and the work of Loevenger, Cook-Greuter, Kegan, and many others. Though Vertical Development and stage language is not explicitly written into the assessment, Vertical Development theory undergirds the capacity-building emphasis of the assessment and report. It is easy to administer and is debriefed with a coach certified in the instrument.
The Leadership Agility 360 based on Bill Joiner and Stephen Josephs’ book Leadership is directly and explicitly connected with the Adult Stage model, using the adult stage names coined by Bill Torbert, What makes this tool unique is the way it uses specific behavioral anchors to identify stage, providing the client with a clear map of behaviors they exhibit. For more information, visit the Leadership Agility 360 website.
Vertical Development is going through a bit of its own maturation process.
Formerly contained within academic and psychological areas of research, this robust and eloquent body of work is making its way into mainstream leadership practice.
Demand for leaders who can navigate the complexity and fast-moving challenges of today’s realities requires us coaches to look more expansively at what we mean by leadership transformation. Vertical Development offers a path that allows us as coaches to step beyond skill, expertise, competence, and heroics to explore greater capacities for leadership.Download Article 1K Club