There was a wonderful interview in the Washington Post with leadership expert, Bob Rosen.
One of the things that Rosen says is that there are six dimensions of personal and professional health that are vital to leadership.
I have taken these and created with my own photos, a little graphic to remind me of them.
The six dimensions (with my definitions) are:
- Spiritual – Serving G-d and doing what is right.
- Emotional – Your feelings and ability to manage your state of mind, especially in trying situations.
- Social – Interacting with other people in loving, caring, and sharing ways.
- Physical – Taking care of your body through good nutrition, exercise, and healthcare.
- Professional – Working and contributing to the world by serving a purposeful mission.
- Intellectual – Learning and growing mentally by gaining knowledge and the ability to apply it.
I like how each of these is a a distinct contributing element of one’s overall health, but also come together to form a coherent whole of human health.
When all six dimensions are in good health, then a person has the foundations to live and excel.
However, when one or more elements are not being properly taken care of or are out of balance with the others, then a person will not have the ability to maintain or advance themselves.
Self-awareness and a commitment to doing your best in all six areas will help you grow as a person and leader.
Together, these six areas can be associated with one’s own personal architecture, whereby one plans and strives for health and maturity in each of them over time.
(Source Graphic and Photos: Andy Blumenthal)