When we get closer to the top of organisations, we are paid to think and make decisions. Understanding how and why we make the decisions we do, knowing the strengths and limitations of our natural response and then consciously choosing to take the best course of action is what separates the excellent leaders from the mediocre. The first step is awareness of our natural response, and of what is important to us (our core values) as these will drive our decision making in order that we feel fulfilled and have stronger self-worth.