Adult Developmental Stages and Leadership

William Rowden is an executive coach and consultant here at Accenture | SolutionsIQ. His journey to leading transformation initiatives has piqued his curiosity in org development and adult developmental psychology. For the past few years he has been researching how these two inform each other – and how the focus of an organization’s leaders provides a good indicator for the success or failure of business agility transformation.

He walks us through the different focuses that leaders – and indeed everyone – have: self-centric, group-centric, skill-centric and beyond. Drawing from the work of Robert Kegan, Chris Argyris, Bill Joiner, and more, Rowden provides useful information for agilists for dealing with leaders of many types – do they shoot the messenger or install feedback loops? Do they see agile as a process or a means to an end?

Accenture | SolutionsIQ’s Bryan Stallings hosts.

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Keep listening:

“Adult Cognitive Development and the Agile Mindset” with William Rowden


  • Bill Joiner and Stephen Josephs, Leadership Agility (2007)
  • Susanne R. Cook-Greuter, “Making the case for a developmental perspective,” in Industrial and Commercial Training (2004)
  • The MAP Institute, “The Leadership Maturity Framework.”
  • DevOps Research and Assessment, “DevOps Culture: Westrum Organizational Culture”
  • Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey, An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (2016)
  • William R. Torbert and Steven S. Taylor, “Action Inquiry: Interweaving Multiple Qualities of Attention for Timely Action”