Leadership is multi-dimensional.   Noted philosopher and developmental psychologist, Ken Wilber, as part of his Integral Vision, identified 4 key perspectives that can be taken to fully understand effectiveness in any situation.   These are:

Quadrant 1: Individual Internal (“I”)

This is the internal reality of individual leaders within the organisation.  This is the domain of psychological, cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual development.   In this quadrant leaders attend to their own inner development, recognising that no substantive change is possible without a prior change in consciousness.

Quadrant 2: Individual External (“It”)

This is the domain of the sciences  of how people function and behave (Physiology, Neurology and Psychology). It consists of all that can be externally measured.   It is where leaders pay attention to developing others to perform more effectively and productively.

Quadrant 3: Collective Internal (“We”)

This is the domain of Corporate Culture. It is the interior, often hidden territory of group consciousness and what happens when we come together to operate as a team and organisation. It is the domain of culture, myth, assumptions, stories, unwritten rules and beliefs.   It requires leaders to pay attention to the deeper meanings of symbols, stories, purpose, vision and values.

Quadrant 4: Collective External (“Its”)

This is the quadrant of organisational design, technology, workflow, policies and procedures. This domain reminds leaders that system design determines performance and if we want improved performance we must design for it.

A leader ignores any one of these four domains at his/her own peril.

Perhaps the most difficult quadrants to master are Quadrants 1 & 3, and it is for this reason that these quadrants, up until now, have been virtually ignored in MBA’s and other Leadership/Management training.

At Keep Evolving, our focus with our clients is on development in these ‘internal’ quadrants to enhance Leadership Development and Personal Evolution.