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Adult Stages of Development

Applying a Developmental Lens to Debriefs

Many factors influence the power and effectiveness of the Leadership Circle Profile debrief. We believe that one significant factor is the adult developmental theory, which is already embedded in the Leadership Circle Profile. Equally important to a transformative debrief conversation are the developmental stages of both client and coach. In this workshop, we explore the intersections of stage theory, leadership effectiveness theories that underpin the Leadership Circle Profile, and skillful use of self in debriefs.  Using both the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP), which measures the stage of a person’s development, and the Leadership Circle Profile correlates stage development with the competencies measured in the profile. If you haven’t already taken the MAP, you will have an opportunity to do so before the workshop.

Stage Theory and More

We’ll begin with an introduction to stage theory, after which you’ll participate in a series of experiential exercises designed to highlight key areas for coaching leaders whose profiles range from highly reactive to highly creative. You will also explore how your personal MAP and your Leadership Circle Profile results inform and influence your coaching approach. The workshop will be highly interactive and conversational, giving you the opportunity to learn from others as well as allowing for a deepening of your meaning making to occur in multiple domains. Coaches who attend this workshop will be able to use the Leadership Circle Profile even more deliberately, having an expanded view of what is possible for clients of any profile.


In this workshop you will learn to:

  • Identify and describe various stages of adult development
  • Describe the relationship between the Leadership Circle Profile model and adult development theory based on research conducted by the Leadership Circle Profile and the MAP
  • Identify correlations between classical Leadership Circle Profile patterns and conventional and post-conventional developmental stages
  • Anticipate likely responses–from resistance to enthusiastic embrace to the Leadership Circle Profile feedback by incorporating the adult developmental model in your preparation for a debrief
  • Design intervention strategies for clients using the Leadership Circle Profile and MAP data
  • Deepen your self-awareness through investigating your personal Leadership Circle Profile feedback and MAP results
  • Explore your capacity to work in depth with clients and the Leadership Circle Profile based on your personal stage of development
  • Explore the different ways people with conventional meaning making systems tend to show up in the Leadership Circle Profile graph
  • Identify ways to powerfully engage your post-conventional clients with opportunities available to them in the creative half of the circle
  • Practice skillfully meeting people who rely primarily upon reactive patterns and reduce the likelihood that you will be triggered by their reactivity
  • Gain insight into coaching situations and Leadership Circle Profile debriefs where you have not felt at your best
  • Feel more confident and competent in your use of the Leadership Circle Profile
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