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Terri Egan and Julie Chesley's Research on Vertical Leadership Development Referenced in Forbes

March 17, 2020  | 1 min read

Dede Henley, founder of Henley Leadership Group, explains the complexity of being a business leader in the new business world. To become a more effective leader, individuals must keep expanding and growing. Today’s leaders need to understand vertical leadership development, which is about expanding your mindset and transforming the way you think. Vertical development requires leaders to become more adaptable, more self-aware, more collaborative and able to span boundaries and networks.

Pepperdine Graziadio’s very own faculty, Terri Egan and Julie Chelsey, have been conducting research on the topic for years through their consulting practice, SyncUp. In a recently published research paper called Helping Leaders Grow Up: Vertical Leadership Development in Practice, Terri and Julie share the results illustrating the accelerating leadership capacity through the implementation of vertical development practices. For organizations to become deliberately developmental organizations, five main factors are needed: senior leader engagement, making space for openness and vulnerability, capability and experience of practitioners, creating alignment in business processes and an expanded understanding of risk-taking. Read more.