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Developing transforming leadership – Action Inquiry and the GLP

Amara has translated its successful GLP workshop and process to the online environment. You no longer need to travel to join it, you can do it from the comfort of your home while still being engaged and supported in the experiential learning Amara is famous for.

The main elements are:

Two independent yet interrelated workshops covering introduction to the practice of Action Inquiry, the underpinning theory of adult cognitive development, Action Logics and the reliable and verified profile GLP (Global Leadership Profile). The workshops will support you in your personal leadership development and your ability to use the tool with your clients and customers, as well as introduce the GLP’s potential in organisational development.

The workshops are designed to form a learning process, moving between the three perspectives: I, we, it or as we call it 1st, 2nd and 3rd person perspective. Each workshop consists of facilitated online sessions, individual study, online resources, sharing in smaller groups and in the larger group. The foundations of the GLP are now included in the GLP in Teams and Organisations and GLP Certification workshops, so as long as you are ready to learn by yourself and with others, you are most welcome to join!

We offer the following GLP workshops:

GLP in Teams and Organisations: Developing Transforming and Aware Leadership in Organisational Settings

This workshop is for you if you want to understand GLP and Action Inquiry in organisational settings and further your understanding about the action logics, practices of transformation and its applications. For those who are not yet familiar with the theory of GLP, the workshop includes self-study materials and one facilitated session about the foundations before diving into the context of Teams and Organisations. This workshop is for you, if you have a possibility to impact the way an organisation is undertaking a transformation, either as a leader inside the system or a consultant or coach supporting an organisation in their transformation and change processes.

Next GLP in Teams and Organisations workshop is organised in October-November 2021.

GLP Certification: become a GLP coach

If you are interested in using the GLP in your work as a coach, this workshop is for you. By attending this workshop, you will be admitted the right to use the GLP with your clients. You will learn about the theory, validity and reliability of the GLP as well as to practice how to conduct debrief sessions. You will also be supported in the process of setting up and completing two GLPs with two of your clients, after having completed your own GLP including your own debriefed with one the facilitators. We recommend you complete the GLP assessment yourself before attending this workshop. For those who are not yet familiar with the theory of GLP, the workshop includes self-study materials and one facilitated session about the foundations before diving into the context of using GLP as a coach.

Once you have completed this module you will be certified and able to join a wider community of practitioners. The next GLP Certification workshop is offered in August – October 2021

“While we can’t predict the future, we can transform ourselves and our organisations to effectively meet it” – Bill Torbert

Several studies show serious talent management challenges CEOs  worldwide  has  long  known  that a different approach is required to succeed in the future, but few are sure about how to approach it.  The majority of  companies have not even taken the first step to transform and develop the capacity needed to strive, thrive and innovate in difficult, uncertain times, such as the one we are facing right now due to the Covid-19 virus.

One of Amara’s founders is  Professor  Emeritus William (Bill)  Torbert. During 45 years of research in Harvard, Yale and Boston College, he has shown that only 5-10% of leaders demonstrate a consistent capacity to innovate and successfully transform their teams and organisations. These leaders have developed deep mental, emotional and relational capacities that help them make sense of and lead complex, systemic change – this journey is what you will learn about and develop for yourself and for using in service of your own environment when attending these modules.

Read more about the GLP in the HBR article ”Seven Transformations of Leadership”, that became one of the most-read articles on leadership in HBR’s history and continues to get hundreds of reads each week according to Research Gate. Amara is one of three organisations worldwide that certifies people to use the GLP as a tool.

Action Inquiry is to date the only approach statistically reliable generating both personal and organizational transformation. The facilitators of this programme have developed mastery of Action Inquiry, both through having used it themselves in leadership positions in organisations, as consultants in large, successful organisational transformation programmes and in their personal development for decades.


Seven Transformations of Leadership is an article by Amara’s Co-Founder Bill Torbert in the Harvard Business Review that lead Heidi Gutekunst into founding Amara Collaboration together with Bill and Jane Allen. Developmental Action Inquiry and the GLP are still the base and key frameworks that Amara Collaboration uses today to increase the amount of transformational … Continued

The Global Leadership Profile (GLP) is a both a self-assessment procedure and a professionally-scored profile tool that identifies a person’s developmental leadership action-logic. Each of us is enacting our life at work and at home through a certain characteristic way of interacting and inquiring with others.

What are Amara workshops like? See how the participants experienced the Action Inquiry and Global Leadership Profile workshop in Helsinki 2018.