In their book, The Whole Systems Approach, Bill and Cindy Adams detail six interlocking systems that must be tended to during major organizational change.  Ensuring that these six systems are aligned and functioning well is the responsibility of the organization’s leadership, which is itself a system to be continually improved.

The Leadership System™ is, at its essence, a leadership development system, designed to increase our clients’ individual and collective leadership effectiveness. And, while doing so, help them to increase the effectiveness of the other five systems.


The Leadership System™ is a system of interlocking and reinforcing components that, taken together, accomplish more than any single-component solution could.
This is its power.

Built on Adult Learning Theory

Underlying the design of the Leadership System™ is solid adult learning theory. David Kolb, in his landmark work, Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development, positioned that four linked styles of learning were necessary for adults to truly learn and change. 

In the Leadership System there are five major components:

Pre-work: Discovery & diagnosis, organizational communication, Leadership Circle Profile™ administration, Leadership Culture Survey™ administration, client relationship management, etc.

The Promise of Leadership workshop:
A half- to full-day workshop that frames a client’s collective view of leadership and functions as the kick-off for our Leadership System™. It embeds our Core Leadership Framework™ to guide all future development work, and delivers LCP feedback in a peer-group context. It also begins the feedback assimilation process (individual time, pairs discussion, group process) and organizes participants for next steps (debriefs, L2L sessions with cohorts, Pulse Surveys™).

Leader to Leader: A cohort-based series of 1/2 day leadership effectiveness sessions that span one to two years of work (between six to 16 session).  Built upon The Leadership Circle® framework, the 16 available sessions encompass a full curriculum of hard-hitting leadership topics, and provide regular opportunities for peer coaching and accountability.  Each session is facilitated by an experienced leadership coach, certified in the Leadership System™. Leader to Leader™ can be delivered face to face or virtually.

Pulse Surveys: These near-real time surveys reinforce a leader’s commitment to take action on their Leadership Development Plan™ (One Big Thing™) by inviting an accountability team (Accountability Circle™) of colleagues to give that leader direct feedback on how their behavior-change experiments are working. Measurement of performance against goals is vital to the functioning of any system.

One-on-one Coaching: Every engagement is enhanced by one-on-one coaching.  The payback for leaders is almost always worth the investment.  The combination of peer cohort coaching in Leader to Leader™ with one-on-one leadership coaching is like jet fuel.