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#126 - Elevating Leadership Through Vertical Development - Ryan Gottfredson

“The vertical altitude of the organization leaders sets the ceiling for how effective the organization can be."

Ryan Gottfredson is a leadership development researcher and a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of “The Elevated Leader”. In this episode, Ryan explained the concept of an elevated leader and why it is important to have elevated leaders in an organization. He described the role of vertical development in elevating leadership and how it differs from the horizontal development that many of us are familiar with. Ryan described in-depth the 3 different levels of vertical development, including the cognitive and emotional aspects associated with each of the level. Towards the end, Ryan explained the 4 different types of mindset and why it is important for leaders to understand and heal from past traumas in order to become elevated Mind 3.0 leaders.  

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:04:38]
  • Elevated Leader - [00:06:38]
  • Importance of Elevated Leader - [00:10:30]
  • Horizontal & Vertical Developments - [00:14:27]
  • Cognitive and Emotional Development - [00:18:48]
  • 3 Levels of Vertical Development - [00:23:18]
  • Center of Gravity - [00:32:28]
  • 4 Different Mindsets - [00:36:04]
  • Understanding Past Trauma - [00:41:34]
  • Improving Our Past Trauma - [00:45:18]
  • Elevated Leader & Culture - [00:48:59]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:53:50]


Ryan Gottfredson’s Bio
Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a cutting-edge leadership development author, researcher, and consultant. He helps organizations vertically develop their leaders primarily through a focus on mindsets. Ryan is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of Success Mindsets: The Key to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership and The Elevated Leader: Leveling Up Your Leadership Through Vertical Development. He is also a leadership professor at the College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton.

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