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Silicon Valley Followership Research: Building Great Leaders from their Employees Up

Join Stacey Porter, VP of People Operations at Outset Medical, as we discuss building great leaders from their employees up.

Often the design of leadership development programs comes from a prescribed set of competencies dictated by executive and current leaders. Although this process can yield valuable data, these competencies are often grand and far-reaching and represent abilities honed over a lifetime of leadership. Studying the inputs of employees when asked “what kind of leader would get the best from you?” often produces practical, small rituals that leaders can put into practice immediately to the betterment of their team and organization. Join us for a case study outlining the use of this crowdsourcing methodology to articulate leadership practices and the associated development experience.


Learning Objectives 

  • Articulate a step by step method for collecting followership data through a real-life simulation
  • Walk through a real-life cluster analysis to determine key leadership practice themes
  • Define jointly how to align development experiences to the leadership practices


About Stacey Porter

With a unique combination of business experience and academic expertise, Stacey Porter brings more than 18 years of leadership development and organizational learning implementation in the technology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Prior to joining Outset, she served as the head of global talent development for Intuitive Surgical, where she led enterprise talent management and organization development. Previously, Porter held leadership roles at VMware and Roche. She has been an advisor to the technology start-up Zugata since 2016, and was appointed in 2018 as a board member to the NOVA workforce board in Northern California. Stacey is completing a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology and holds a master’s degree in clinical social work. She is a regular speaker on innovative talent practices and high-performing teams.