This Introductory Program is Designed for Coaches and Leaders

Vertical Leadership Development (VLD) is the fastest growing field of inquiry in Leadership Development today. As Einstein famously said, we cannot solve our problems at the level they were created. We created many of our current complex systemic issues at 3rd Perspective, the competitive, commercial, material world focused on ‘me’ and ‘more’ taken too far. 

It is essential for executive leadership coaches and senior strategic leaders to shift to a more elevated mature 4th Perspective to gain a systemic view of the dynamics that interweave the unprecedented challenges we face i.e., to see the forest for the trees, the complex adaptive socioeconomic ecosystem, above and below ground level, from an elevated vantage point.

By cultivating a calm, clear, collaborative, and compassionate Mind, we learn to embody the mature 4th Perspective at Synergist. Then we can cut through the complexity, transcend the volatility, and embrace the uncertainty of living in chaotic times to evolve and co-create a more sustainable, healthy, equitable, encouraging, and peaceful world where everyone is able to thrive and flourish.

StageSHIFT integrates many lines of Vertical Development. We offer a holistic approach to VLD. We incorporate the Motives, Means, Morals, Memes and Mind-Heart-Spirit of VLD including the latest scientific findings and insights from Eastern wisdom to show you an amazing systemic structural landscape of our potential to evolve to later more expansive, elevated, and deeper levels of human consciousness.


1. Vertical Leadership Development Psychology

A review of the motives (Maslow), means (Kegan), morals (Kohlberg), memes (Graves), and mind-heart-spirit (Braks) of Holistic VLD, integrating levels of consciousness (Hawkins) with the Vertical Hero’s Journey (Campbell).

2. 2-Step Square Dance Spectrum StageSHIFT

A review of the 3 Tiers, and 2-Step Square Dance to explore the pioneering research that led to the systemic architectural structure that underlies the VLD journey through multiple Perspectives (Loevinger, Cook-Greuter, O’Fallon).

3. Holistic StageSHIFTs in Consciousness

A review of the power of the Centres of Gravity across the Spectrum of Stages, and the impact of the blossoming of our human faculties in The StageSHIFT Holistic Energy Operating System (Braks) in the realization of our intrinsic latent potential.

Emma Pearson, Transformative Leadership Coach & Vertical Consultant

Antoinette is one of only three Thought Leaders I know who credibly and passionately integrates business and spirituality. It’s rare, it’s profound, and it’s much needed today. We need business AND a healthy planet. Antoinette’s brilliant intellect, her fearless consulting, her coaching, and OD skills, have generated a suite of offerings suitable for coaches, OD consultants, and the senior-most leaders.

Heather  Monro, Vertical Executive Coach in Leadership Development

Antoinette’s coaching approach is highly thought provoking, collaborative and uplifting. She has challenged and supported me to articulate concepts and ideas that have been just beyond my reach. The coaching is helping me to shape my coaching business so I can more effectively generate transformative change and liberate the energy of potential bound up in human hearts and souls.

Jessica Lowenhielm, Exec Coach & Vertical Development Consultant

I will be forever grateful for Antoinette being the one who finally helped me put the puzzle together for me when it comes to fully understand and grasp the vastness, importance and grandness of vertical development, yet making it easy to start implementing, infusing and transforming my own work and its impact on my clients. Catch her and her program if you can - it might be the most uplifting and expediting decision of your life.

The 12-Week Program

In this 12-Week Program, a 4-Week Cycle repeats three times. 

To make the most of the Program, you will ideally devote 2-hours/week in either study, dialogue, reflection, and/or application.

Week 1

A comprehensive set of Self-Study Videos and Notes created and curated by Dr Antoinette Braks will take you deeply into the theory and concepts, their application and implications.

Week 2

A Group Webinar conducted by way of a Discovery Dialogue by Dr Antoinette Braks to explore the materials, deepen your inquiry, and offer new insights to extend your appreciation of each topic.

Week 3

A period of reflection to complete and submit the associated assignment to integrate your understanding and then receive individual customised feedback from Dr Antoinette Braks. Please complete the assignments if you would like to  continue your inquiry into the process of Vertical Leadership Development in other StageSHIFT Programs.

Week 4

A peer-to-peer dyad or triad with your colleagues to share with each other what you have learned, and wonder about. You are welcome to post any reflections and questions in the SLACK channel.


The Program will be held on Thursdays at 7pm CEST/CET. It will launch on Thursday 6 October 2022 with an Online Induction and the first set of Self-Study Resources.

The Discovery Dialogues will take place on Thursday 13 October, 10 November, and 8 December 2022. The Peer Collaborations will take place at the same time a fortnight later. This completes our Program before Christmas.

This Program is a Prerequisite for other StageSHIFT Programs.

Thomas Bjerkhede, Leadership Coach & Vertical Consultant

It has been a true privilege to have Antoinette as my guide, coach and teacher along this journey. She is one of the most extraordinary human beings I have met. An inspiring person with a remarkably sharp intellect, lots of love, tons of professional experience combined with an even more remarkable wisdom and spiritual consciousness. I guess that´s how words become poetic, and experiences become magical. I am honoured to be part of her community.

Niklas Lindhardt, Leadership Coach & Vertical Consultant 

Antoinette, what a blessing that the fabric of life weaved your thread into my weave. As always when delivered by the universe, your wonderful StageShift program came to us when we needed it. 

Thank you for openheartedly sharing both your personal experience as well as the nuances of your soul with me. Two souls on a journey with the same purpose. For the benefit of ALL. Thank you!

Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy, Leadership Coach & Vertical Consultant

Antoinette presents her authenticity, and her highly generous and caring spirit. She weaves her expertise in Vertical Development and Enterprise Evolution with ease and grace. 

I notice that I bring more rigour, courage and crystal-clear intent to my coaching practice in recent months and I can only credit Dr Antoinette’s brilliant guidance for this subtle integrated shift. I highly recommend partnering with her.

Meet Dr Antoinette Braks

Antoinette Braks is a Master Certified Leadership Coach and Founder of StageSHIFT Coaching & Consulting Ltd. She completed her PhD in Transformative Coaching in Vertical Leadership Development and authored Executive Coaching in Strategic Holistic Leadership: The Drivers and Dynamics of Vertical Development (McGraw Hill 2020). Antoinette was awarded the CEO Today Management Consulting Award for Leadership Coaching in 2020.

She has coached over 300 senior strategic leaders over 3,500 hours coaching across multiple industries and government. Simultaneously Antoinette designed and led team and group leadership coaching programs, strategic off-sites, and evolutionary organizational transformations that led to quantum shifts in Leadership Effectiveness, People Engagement, and Business Performance.

Her earlier global corporate experience includes C-suite leadership of People & Culture with VECTOR in the Energy Sector; Regional HR Management across Latin America and Africa with SHELL International; Head of Leadership Capital Solutions with KORN FERRY Asia Pacific; and Co-Founder of the Coaching Division for HUDSON Talent Management Australia. She is now based in Europe and Australia.

Antoinette is highly purposeful in her intention to co-create a more sustainable, healthy, equitable, encouraging, and peaceful world for all. She collaborates with StageSHIFT coaches to co-pilot Vertical Leadership Culture Evolution Programs in partnership with CXO leaders to realize their potential to Synergist and Alchemist and evolve their organizations to Agile Green and Purposeful Teal, accommodating all levels and stages of vertical development.

She is an eternal student of life, prolific reader, itinerant traveller, and partner in cosmic evolution. It’s her absolute honour and delight to be involved in contributing to the evolution of coaching, leadership, and organizational ecosystems all around the world.

Paul Smith, Vertical Executive Leadership Coach

I was immediately absorbed by Antoinette’s practical material and philosophy on vertical leadership development.

I feel and believe strongly that this is “the real deal” in executive leadership development. Not only is its peer-reviewed research platform impeccable, but in the degree of integrity and integration that pervades the whole approach.

At a humble attempt, I would say that it is unrivalled in its blend of science and applied wisdom, inner work and outer application, and in the extent that the inner more conscious self evolves in embodied leadership presence, and effects others, leading into org. culture evolution and behavioural change.

Jacqueline van Paassen, Vertical Leadership Coach & Transformative Consultant

Antoinette's profound and rare capacity to simultaneously inspire developmental movement in individuals, teams and the wider community is remarkable. She is part of a class of brilliant, humble human beings, who invite you to fully meet yourself, both your shadows and unfolding potential, simply by their presence and capacity to hold that space.

Through her unique, well-researched body of work, she enables leaders to integrate business, spirituality, and human development in such a way that we all win: our planet, our communities, and our businesses. I feel privileged and honoured to be part of her community.

Marianne Borg Hyökki, Executive Leadership Vertical Gestalt Coach

I was absolutely energized and inspired by StageSHIFT Vertical as a developmental program for myself, while I alost learn about vertical development and how to support my coaching clients to grow and mature. The whole concept is firmly based in scientific research.

The videos, written material and the webinars are full of interesting stuff, which help me think about myself, my thoughts, reactions, and behaviour at the core of myself.

Antoinette supports in a loving and peaceful way and challenges me to go deeper.

Email Dr Antoinette Braks to find out more


The Program will launch on Thursday 6 Oct (7pm CEST/CET) with an Online Induction and the first set of Self-Study Resources.

The Discovery Dialogues will take place on Thursday 13 October, 10 November, and 8 December 2022. The Peer Collaborations will take place at  the same time a fortnight later. The Program will complete before Christmas.


If you coach largely in the public sector (>80%) or are self-funding your program as an executive leader, please use the coupon SECTOR to receive a 15% saving. If you are coaching or working in a developing economy, you are welcome to use the coupon ECONOMY to receive a 25% saving.

"The higher our self-expression and the deeper our self-awareness, the richer our life experience and the greater our soul evolution." Antoinette j Braks