What do we mean by 'Development?'
What is Vertical Development?
When we talk about human development, we distinguish between
lateral/horizontal and vertical development. Horizontal growth and expansion happens through many channels, such as schooling, training, self-directed and lifelong learning as well as simply through exposure to life. Vertical development in adults is much rarer. It refers to how we learn to see the world through new eyes, how we change our interpretations of experience and how we transform our views of reality. It describes increases in what we are aware of, or what we can pay
attention to, and therefore what we can influence and integrate. In general, transformations of human consciousness or changes in our view of reality are more powerful than any amount of horizontal growth and learning.
The Leadership Maturity Framework (LMF) describes nine such transformations or fundamentally different ways of making meaning of ourselves, others and the world.
© Center for Leadership Maturity 2014