In honor of the passing of an extraordinary leader – Stephen Covey, I wanted to remind myself of the powerful and inspiring lessons he taught in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Stephen Covey strongly believed in his philosophy and made every effort to share it with the world. I remember how uplifted I was after leaving a training session presented by the Quality department at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, during my early corporate years. I signed up to purchase his book after that session and have since owned several other Covey books. But I still go back to the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” frequently.
Here’s a synopsis of The 7 Habits that Covey taught:
Habits 1, 2 and 3 deal with Self-Mastery
Habit 1: Be Proactive
We have to assume responsibility for our choices and the consequences that follow. Take initiative in life by realizing that our decisions (and how they align with life’s principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in our lives.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Self-discover and clarify our deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of our various roles and relationships in life. It’s amazing how different we’ll go about living if we keep that picture of our ideal life in mind. We’ll be and do what matters most! Start by writing your own personal mission statement.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
We need to prioritize, plan, and execute our week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Then, evaluate whether our efforts exemplify our desired character values, propel us toward our goals, and enrich the roles and relationships that were elaborated on in Habit 2.
Habits 4, 5 and 6 deal with Interdependence
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
We need to genuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in our relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his or her way.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person. This will compel them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. It will also create an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving.
Habit 6: Synergize
Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork. That way we can achieve goals no one person could have done alone. In order to get the best performance out of a group of people we have to encourage meaningful contribution, and model inspirational and supportive leadership.
Habit 7 deals with Renewal (self-rejuvenation)
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
This is the habit that makes all the others possible. It’s all about balancing and renewing our resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes physical renewal (exercise, nutrition, etc); mental renewal (reading, writing, etc); social/emotional renewal (service, empathy, etc); and spiritual renewal (prayer, value clarification, etc).
Have you read “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” book? If yes, what were your “ah-ah’s?” I would love to read your comments, please share below.
If you have enjoyed this post, please use the social sharing button to share it on your favorite social media networking sites. Also, In honor of Stephen Covey’s inspiration, I challenge you to choose a habit each day for the next 7 days as your focus and intention. I know they will inspire you to find your own voice as you inspire others to find theirs.
About the author
Genovia is an experienced and highly skilled administrative expert and owner of Genwil Business Solutions, LLC. She specializes in providing ongoing administrative support to Coaches who want to grow their business by finding more time to focus on other profitable activities such as engaging more clients and increasing their revenue, while enjoying their business success.