Where Are You in the Psychological Transition?

What do we mean by psychological transition and your leadership?  Like any learned and practiced skillset, leadership is expressed differently by seasoned and trained veterans versus new leaders; often defined as leadership maturity. 

To be clear, time and experience do not always align with leadership maturity, as it takes focused effort and application to reach the highest levels of leadership maturity.  Among the various models available to help define leadership maturity, the Barrett Values Model and the Leadership Maturity Model provide strong guidance on what constitutes a mature leader.

The Leadership Maturity Model highlights the leader’s mindset emotional/social intelligence whereas the Barrett model provides clarity of actions and outcomes.  Generally both models show leadership maturity as a progression from group to society and from short-term to long-term focus. 

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We agree with the Maturity Leadership Framework when it states that <1% of leaders are transcendental.  In fact in my years of coaching and working for and with leaders, I have only come across two people that I would put into the highest category of leadership, which The Vertical Development Academy defines as “All-Embracing & Witnessing”.  We continue to research commonalities between models to develop a workable construct to guide companies that want a true understanding of their leadership capabilities.

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