Growing Better Leaders:
5 Developmental Stages

growing-better-leaders-5-developmental-stagesThe increasingly complex and chaotic marketplace poses an urgent need to grow better leaders. Companies that seek competitive advantages require strong leadership.

Leaders remain confused, however, about how to strengthen competencies. Formal training and higher education haven’t sufficiently prepared them for the 21st century’s disruptive innovations and global challenges. While some leaders thrive, others barely survive. Many of today’s executives feel as though they’re in over their heads.

In a quest to unlock leadership potential, organizations invest millions in assessments, training programs and executive coaching. These investments seem to pay off, at least for a while. But for long-term growth, organizations must understand leadership’s developmental stages.

Like all maturing adults, leaders progress through sequential developmental levels. At each stage, adults gain greater awareness and cognitive capacities. Similarly, leadership effectiveness improves as one develops, matures and expands consciousness.

At the higher stages of development, leaders become more successful and their businesses enjoy greater results. With increased leadership effectiveness, there’s a 38% probability of seeing higher business performance, according to one study.

Yet, few leadership-development initiatives address the inner game: how leaders perceive, find meaning, make decisions and handle complexities.

This article explores developmental-stage theory, five developmental levels of leadership and how to grow leaders with greater consciousness, agility and effectiveness.

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  • How leaders “grow up”
  • Foundations of developmental theory
  • Levels of leadership
  • Heroic and post-heroic stages
  • Surging past the norm
  • Why all this matters

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