Read and respond to changing conditions

In a disruptive operating environment, rigid adherence to a certain course can be a quick path to disaster. The best leaders and organizations can adjust on the fly and adapt to shifting priorities, a change in plan, and emerging opportunities.

This requires a full range of behaviors and skills. The LVI is designed to increase the versatility of individuals – as well as organizations.

A Clear Picture Of Where The Leader Stands

A “Field General”
The forceful operator who can drive for results – and needs to add charting the course and bringing people along

A “Versatile Leader”
The rare well-rounded type who has nearly mastered the opposing forces of leadership

"One of the Troops"
The enabling operator who gets down to work with their people – and needs to add raising the bar and looking ahead

Create more effective leaders, more engaged employees, more agile teams, and more effective organizations

Versatile leaders create greater employee engagement, commitment, and retention.

They build more confident, collaborative, and agile teams. And their business units get more stuff done, better and faster.

Organizations that develop versatile leaders achieve better results, are more responsive to change, and are more competitive over the long term.

Dive into the research

The approach to leadership development behind the LVI has been road tested and refined in over 40 years of intensive, one-on-one, deep-dive practice helping thousands of executives become more versatile leaders. This work began at the Center for Creative Leadership in the 1980s; extended through the work of the boutique executive development firm, Kaplan DeVries Inc. (where the LVI was created); and continues today at Kaiser Leadership Solutions.

Leading in an unprecedented global crisis: The heightened importance of versatility.

Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research (2020)

The best leaders are versatile

Harvard Business Review (2020)

Stop overdoing your strengths

Harvard Business Review (2009)

Towards a positive psychology for leaders

Chapter in Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work (2010)

The deeper work of executive development

Academy of Management Learning and Education (2006)

Developing Versatile Leadership

Sloan Management Review (2003)

“The LVI represents a quantum leap improvement over the 360s I've used in the past.”

- Larry W. Norton, Ph.D.,
VP Organizational Development, PetSmart

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