Plan and Take Appropriate Action
In our four quadrant model, the upper right (the exterior individual objective) consists of one’s physical body and one’s behavior.
Exceptional leaders take appropriate action in light of all the other quadrants, i.e. their individual internal dynamics such as personality and values (upper left quadrant); the collective internal dynamics such as the culture (lower left quadrant); and the external objective dynamics such as the commercial business logic and objectives in a particular situation (lower right quadrant). They set goals for themselves and achieve measurable outcomes. They are able to execute and lead others to execute.
The upper right quadrant is also your physical body. Health issues can arise from stress when all quadrants are not congruent—for instance, when one’s actions (upper right quadrant) are not compatible with one’s values (upper left quadrant), or when one’s personality (upper left quadrant) is not suited to the requirements of the job (lower right quadrant).
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- Do you have clearly defined goals?
- Do you clearly or consistently take the necessary action to achieve your goals?
- Do you have a system to measure impact of your actions on a particular situation?
- Are you physically capable of taking the action needed in a particular situation?
- Do you pay attention to your body and your well-being?
- Do you pay attention to your staff’s physical well-being?
Exceptional leaders are able to personally execute consistently with high quality.
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