We help organizations develop the leaders they need to thrive now and in the future.
The world is getting more complex and changing faster and faster. The demands on leaders have increased. Yet the approach to developing leaders hasn’t evolved – it’s still focused on skills and competencies (horizontal development) – which are not only uninspiring, they’re less important as leadership levels rise. This leaves many leaders and organizations ill-equipped to survive let alone thrive.
A new approach is overdue, and we believe it is vertical development. The vertical development framework describes the predictable stages of how adults mature. It is about navigating complexity, taking multiple perspectives, self-reflecting and adjusting, and holding opposing ideas simultaneously. A leader’s stage of vertical development is highly correlated with their leadership effectiveness and business results.
The Sparks Group offers assessments, executive coaching, and leadership development solutions informed by vertical development to maximize clients’ vertical capacity and enable them to achieve the best possible results.