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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:

A programme of interrelated yet independent modules 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 programme will support you in your personal leadership development, ability to use the tool with your clients and customers, and its potential in organizational development.

All three modules in the programme 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 module will consist of facilitated online sessions, individual study, online videos, sharing in smaller groups and in the large group. After participating the GLP Foundation workshop, you can continue to either GLP Certification or GLP in Organisations module.

We offer the following GLP workshops:

GLP Foundation: Developing transforming leadership – Action Inquiry and the Action Logics in the GLP

This experiential workshop is designed to develop the understanding of developmental Action Inquiry and the Global Leadership Profile (GLP). GLP presents the Action Logics offering deep learning about vertical development, the Action Logics and the practice of Action Inquiry.

This workshop is the first part of a process and is a requirement for attending the GLP Certification and Team and Organisation module.

Next GLP Foundation workshop is organised in September 2021.

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

This workshop is building on the GLP Foundation module and is directed to people who have attended want to deepen and develop their understanding and about Action Inquiry in organisational settings and further your understanding about the action logics, practices of transformation and its applications. 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 Organisations workshop is organised in May/June 2021.

GLP Certification: become a GLP coach

Having attended to the GLP Foundation module you can continue with this workshop to become a GLP coach and 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 prior to Foundation module if you know that you want to complete the Certification module.

Once you have completed this module you will be certified and able to join a wider community of practitioners.

“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.