Level Up Your Leadership Through Vertical Development

Vertical development is the wave of the future in leadership development. This book covers the concept with clarity and power. 

Discover just how vertically developed you are and how you can elevate in your altitude, positive influence, and effectiveness.



Are You Operating at Your Highest Level?

I have found that leaders want to:

  • Elevate their ability to have a greater positive influence
  • Know how to elevate their people to operate at a higher level.

Unfortunately, most leaders and organizations focus on the wrong type of development to make these things happen: horizontal development.

What leaders and organizations need is:


The Elevated Leader Will:

Introduce vertical development and why it is far superior to horizontal development

Help you assess your current vertical altitude

Empower you to elevate yourself and others

Book Includes:
Digital Vertical Development Coach

Take your reading experience and leadership development to the next level

Flexible Schedule

Train your mind every other day (typically Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for about 10 min each day

Device Independent

Use your favorite devices to access Digital Mindset Coach. Download the App or access on your desktop


Questions, videos, and journaling exercises are designed to upgrade your internal operating system

The Digital Vertical Development Coach was designed to help you to:

  • Facilitate your vertical development
  • Master and retain the material covered in this book
  • Deepen your self-awareness, including understanding how you think and learn
  • Be more intentional about your leadership

About Ryan

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” (Morgan James Publishers).

He is also a leadership professor at the College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. As a consultant, he works with organizations to develop their leaders and improve their culture (collective mindsets).

He has worked with top leadership teams at CVS Health (top 130 leaders), Deutsche Telekom (500+ of their top 2,000 leaders), and dozens of other organizations. As a respected authority and researcher on topics related to leadership, management, and organizational behavior, Ryan has published over 19 articles across a variety of journals including: Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Business Horizons, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Journal of Leadership Studies. His research has been cited over 2,500 times since 2015. 

Elevate Your Life,
Work, and Leadership

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