Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was one of the first leadership books I read. I read the book just out of college and it helped shape my views on relationship building, time management, leadership, and goal setting.
Fast forward twenty-years…. a bunch of life experience working with both adults and young people, three kids, a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. Many lessons have been learned, most of them the hard way. Many, many humbling moments. After all of that, you would think I would have it figured out by now, right? Wrong! Not even close. However, much of what I learned from Stephen Covey has helped.
Here are 14 Stephen Covey-isms for your review. For some, it will be a review. For others; especially younger readers, it will introduce you to a true thought-leader on personal leadership.
1. Consider what you really want said of you at your funeral. Are you on track?
2. Strength lies in difference not similarities.
3. My personal favorite: The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
4. Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution.
5. Historically, the family has played the primary role in educating children for life, with the school providing supplemental scaffolding to the family.
6. The famous 7 Habits:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
7. Live out of your imagination, not your history.
8. We teach people how to treat us by what we allow.
9. We are not a product of our circumstances. We are a product of our decisions.
10. Many people seem to think that success in one area can compensate for failure in other areas. But can it really? True success requires balance.
11. Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterik it, circle it, and underline it. Without involvement, there is no commitment.
12. Management works in the system. Leadership works on the system.
13. Relationships are like ‘bank accounts: the key is to make more deposits than withdrawals.
14. Tasks fall into one of four categories:
Stephen Covey passed away in July of 2012. However, his contribtions are noteworthy:
In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential management books ever.
A survey by Chief Executive magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential books of the 20th century.
Here are four must-read Covey books:
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
7 Habits of Highly Effective Families
First Things First
What are some of your favorite Covey-isms?
Who are some of your other favorite authors?
Thanks for reading!
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