The Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile Certification

This Program is for Leadership Coaches who wish to join the global community of StageSHIFT Coaches and become fluent in Vertical Leadership Development from a holistic perspective. The VHLP Certification Program offers you an immersion in Vertical Holistic Leadership Development including StageSHIFT's elegant architecture extending to human faculties and the nature of our life experience relative to our perspective. You also gain access to using the VHLP with your clients. 

The VHLP is designed to enable executives to more rapidly and easily access Vertical Leadership Development. It is an automated yet sophisticated Self-Assessment based on 156 leadership capabilities and shadow elements in the 4-dimensional Vertical Holistic Leadership Model incorporating

  • 6 Levels through to Alchemist
  • 5 Leads (leadership-in-action): Mindset, Motive, Meme, Means, Mode
  • 4 Lines (AQ: Action Orientation, EQ: Emotional Awareness, MQ: Mindful Attention, and SQ: Spiritual Congruence), and
  • 3 Limits; Offence, Defence, and Absence (shadow).

The Assessment takes 60-90-mins.  The 40p Report sets out an overview of Vertical Development, their VHLP Wheel and Ratings, and their top seven Strengths, Stressors, Blind Spots, and Stretches. The reflective exercises in the Discovery Debrief offer new insights, deep resonance, and uplifts the participant's self-awareness while inviting new aspirational intent. It has the power to ignite your client's vertical development to later stages.


Becoming Certified in this Program enables you to:

  1. Include before and after VHLPs in all of your Coaching and Leadership Programs.
  2. Hold inspiring, resonant Discovery Debriefs with the people who take the VHLP with you.
  3. Attend 10 VLD/VHLP Discovery Dialogues pa to remain up-to-date on VLD and our insights and discoveries in relation to the use of the VHLP.
  4. Once you've also undertaken the StageSHIFT Vertical Coaching Certification Program, you'll be able to lead Group Coaching Discovery Dialogues as part of our global StageSHIFT Vertical Leadership Culture Evolution Programs for organizations, all of which include the VHLP.

"The Vertical Holistic Leadership Profile was the best, most useful piece of reading I have ever done. I read it cover to cover three times. My own results aside, I learned so much about what leadership really means. I found the “Holistic” approach especially enriching – it goes well beyond the most evolved leadership concepts I have come across so far." Navneet Singh Bindra, INGRAM MICRO

The VHLP is distinctive from other Vertical Assessments

It is designed to develop awareness of current leadership capacity and more advanced leadership capabilities 

  • The VHLP assessment focuses on leadership capabilities and shadow elements that are directly applicable to the workplace/space.
  • While the WUSCT sentence-prompt assessments indicate a person's spectrum of awareness, the VHLP focuses on embodied leadership in action.
  • Increasing self-awareness is much more valuable when developing to mature 4th Perspective than an objective expert or 360 evaluation.
  • Increasing awareness leans a person into self-inspired vertical leadership development, and most psychometrics only reach as far as early 4th at Catalyst.
  • The accuracy of the VHLP increases in time with the participant's growing self-awareness.

The process is fully automated and the VHLP Report is delivered immediately

  • There is no time delay between undertaking the VHLP Assessment and receiving the Report. Therefore they can review the outcomes immediately and begin the Review & Reflection process incorporated in the Report if they wish.
  • The VHLP is an ideal way to begin the StageSHIFT Vertical Strategic Holistic Leadership Program. It sets the scene for personalized Vertical Develpoment while also setting goals and aspirations for the future.
  • The VHLP Assessment process is perfect for a Virtual Vertical Leadership Development Centre as it is both extremely effective in igniting Vertical Leadership Development and highly efficient.

The 40p VHLP Report is sophisticated and comprehensive with reflective exercises

  • The Report describes the StageSHIFT Spiral of Vertical Development and outlines the Stages from Specialist to Alchemist.
  • It explains the Vertical Holistic Leadership Model in relation to six successive role levels from individual contributor to Manager, Leader, Executive Leader (XL), XXL, and XXXL for global leaders.
  • It reports and invites reflection on a person's top seven Strengths, Stressors, Blind Spots and Stretches to gain personal insight to their unique leadership capabilities and shadow elements.
  • The Report offers a series of recommendations on how a person can expedite their vertical evolution and broaden their horizontal development for each of the six stages of leadership.

The Discovery Debrief is highly resonant with the participant

  • The Discovery Debrief of the VHLP does not take a Gap Analysis approach; instead it focuses on inquiring into the Thematic Resonance with the person's inner understanding of Self. This makes it much more powerful in terms of its capacity to ignite vertical growth.
  • The Debrief is highly affirming and yet also explores the quality of the person's self-assessment and the psychodynamics that may be underlying the shadow elements. It is a highly insightful process.
  • The Discovery Debrief includes setting explicit leadership goals to extend Strengths, explore Stressors, express Blind Spots, and expand Stretches. These can be aggregated across a leadership cohort to customize StageSHIFT Vertical Leadership Development Programs.
  • The Discovery Debrief concludes with setting a very powerful Aspirational Leadership Statement to invite and guide the participant's mindset on their continuing evolutionary journey.

“My VHLP Discovery Debrief session was exactly what I needed. I had been seeking answers and tools in a variety of different places to pull myself forward to my next step. I was fascinated and inspired by the way it systemized and helped me see the patterns very clearly. It gave me a deeper explanation for a lot of the issues that I was facing, as well as concrete and practical actions to further my development. In short it was like being recognized for who I really am and thus every comforting word and clear action rang crystal clear in every part of my being.” Jakob Holm Nielsen, Oatly


A Brief Outline of the VHLP Assessment Process, VHLP Report, and VHLP Certification Program.


1. Vertical Leadership Development Psychology

A review of the motives, means, morals and memes of Vertical Holistic Leadership Evolution integrating levels of consciousness.

2. 2-Step Square Dance Spectrum StageSHIFT

A review of the Tiers, and 2-Step Square Dance to explore the structure and process of Vertical Leadership Development.

3. StageSHIFT Holistic Consciousness

Appreciate the power of the Centres of Gravity across the Stage Spectrum in The StageSHIFT Holistic Energy Operating System.

4. The Vertical Holistic Leadership Model VHLM

The 4D VHLM Model illuminates 6 Vertical Levels, 5 Leads, 4 Lines and 3 Limits of Leadership Capabilities and associated Shadow elements.

5. VHLP Case Studies Discovery Prebrief

A developmental inquiry into Window and Shadow, the Strengths, Stressors, Blind Spots and Stretches in relation to robust vertical evolutionary growth.

6. VHLP Case Studies Discovery Debrief

Taking participant(s) through the content of the Report in terms of their evolutionary Journey to reveal and explore their most resonant avenues for self-evolution.

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  Monroe, Exec Coach

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, Executive 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.

Register for the VHLP Certification Program

The VHLP Certification Program includes

  • Four modules of Videos and Notes setting out a brief history of Vertical Development, the 2-Step Square Dance, Spectrum StageSHIFT, the VHLM, the VHLP Report and how to prepare for (Prebrief) and lead a VHLP Discovery Debrief.
  • Fifteen 90-min Recorded Group Discovery Dialogues focused on Vertical Holistic Leadership Development, Case Studies, Prebriefing and Debriefing Processes.
  • Three complimentary VHLP Assessments for yourself and your clients. 
  • Ten ongoing monthly VHLP Discovery Dialogues pa to explore Vertical Leadership Development, review specific VHLP reports and explore new insights in the sale and use of the Profile while enjoying membership of the StageSHIFT global coaching community.

These Discovery Dialogues take place at 1pm CET on Fridays throughout the year. Remaining dates this year are: 27 July, 30 Sept, 28 Oct, and 25 Nov., and in 2023: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, and 17 March. You will receive email invites to continuing dates.

In addition to your Case Studies and our Collaborative Inquiry, one of the Modules of the VHLP Certification Program is explored at each session. You’ll be able to review the latest materials beforehand and stay up to date on what we’re discovering and learning. This will serve coaches who are new to the VHLP and all of you continuing to use the instrument with your clients.

The current Schedule for VHLP/VLD Discovery Dialogues:

  • During each of the 10 Discovery Dialogues pa, we will focus explicitly on a key element of the Program's Content to support newcomers and offer you updates and new subtleties on the theory and process. The balance of the Agenda will be set by your inquiry and our emergence.

    The dates to put in your calendar for 2022 on Friday 1pm CET are:

  • 30 Sept 2022 - VLD Psychology
  • 28 Oct 2022 - The 2-Step Square Dance across Tiers and Perspectives
  • 25 Nov 2022 - StageSHIFT Holistic Consciousness Heart-Mind-Spirit
  • Please note that in 2023, the time will shift to 11am CET Fridays on:

  • 20 Jan 2023 - The VHLP Model
  • 17 Feb 2023 - The 6 Levels of VLD
  • 17 March 2023 - The 4 Lines of VLD
  • 28 April 2023 - The 5 Leads of VLD
  • 26 May 2023 - The 3 Limits of VLD
  • 23 June 2023 - The VHLP Pre-Brief
  • 21 July 2023 - The VHLP Debrief

The cost of each VHLP is €200 which you can package into a Coaching Program or with a Discovery Debrief. You'll quickly be able to recover your investment in the VHLP Certification with the VHLP Debriefs you can use with clients as part of the Program.

You can take up this Program at any time. Register by clicking on one of the pricing options below. You can choose to make a single payment or three monthly payments.

If you coach largely in the public sector (>80%) please use the coupon SECTOR to receive a 15% saving. If you are coaching in a developing economy, you are welcome to use the coupon ECONOMY to receive a 25% saving.

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, Exec Coach

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

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.

Email Dr Antoinette Braks to find out more