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Developing the Character of Leaders Webinar

Developing the Character of Leaders

This On-Demand event was originally presented on January 3, 2024 (60 min)


The very best leaders (e.g., Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Alan Mulally, Frances Hesselbein, Satya Nadella) are great because they possess high talent and high character. The most problematic leaders (e.g., Travis Kalanick, Bobby Knight, Elon Musk, Elizabeth Holmes, Kenneth Lay) are problematic because they possess high talent and low character.

The primary and linchpin differentiator between the best leaders and the most problematic leaders is “character.”

While we understand the value and importance of character development, we also know:

  • Most leadership development programs prioritize talent development over character development
  • 75% of organizations state that their leadership development programs are not as effective as they would like them to be
  • Most leadership developers are not clear on how to engage in character development with their leaders


In this session, Ryan Gottfredson, PhD, will help leadership developers understand what leadership character is, why it is so important for leaders, and how to develop it in leaders. Hint: Character development in leaders requires a form of development that differs from traditional leadership development efforts.

Elevate your leadership programs from the ordinary to the extraordinary by embracing the transformative power of character development. Join us and redefine leadership excellence.

Attendees will learn

  • Be able to clearly define what leadership character is.
  • Understand the pivotal role of character in distinguishing exceptional leaders from problematic ones.
  • Investigate the factors contributing to the perceived ineffectiveness of traditional leadership development efforts.
  • Recognize the inherent value of character development in leaders.
  • Learn a unique developmental approach that is best suited to enhance character development in leaders.
  • Gain direction on how to apply the appropriate strategies and tactics necessary for character development in leaders.
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Developing the Character of Leaders

Special offers from our sponsor

Vertical Development Coaching Program for Select Executives

In order for leaders to be at their best, they need to be high on their DOING side (i.e., talent) AND their BEING side (i.e., character)

This coaching program is designed to help executives:

  • Elevate on their BEING side (i.e., character) so that they can lead and operate from a more elevated level.
  • Understand and apply the concepts of vertical development and mindsets, so that they can:
    • Deepen their own self-awareness
    • Improve in their own self-leadership
    • Better develop and support the organization and people that they lead


Message Ryan at to receive $500 off of this coaching program!


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 and The Elevated Leader: Leveling Up Your Leadership Through Vertical Development.

He is the founder and owner of his consulting company, Ryan Gottfredson LLC, where he specializes in elevating leaders and executive teams in a manner that elevates the organization and its culture. He has worked with top leadership teams at CVS Health (top 130 leaders), Deutsche Telekom (500+ of their top 2,000 leaders), Experian, and others. He has also partnered with dozens of organizations (e.g., Federal Reserve Bank, Nationwide Insurance, Cook Medical) to develop thousands of mid-level managers and high-level leaders.

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 respected authority and researcher on topics related to leadership, management, and organizational behavior, Ryan has published over 20 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 4,000 times since 2018.

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Leadership training is a $366 billion global industry. Despite that, 75% of organizations say their leadership development programs are not very effective. A primary reason for the lack of development effectiveness is because they almost solely focus on horizontal development (think “tooling up” one’s talent) instead of vertical development (think “leveling up” one’s character). Ryan Gottfredson helps organizations vertically develop their leaders so that they can lead and operate from a higher, more effective level.

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