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Stephen R. Covey’s Guide to Excelling in Professional & Personal Pursuits

Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey is a must-read for anyone wishing to maximize the effectiveness and morale of their work.

More than just time management, this guide reveals just how to utilize certain principles and methods proven to be successful. It takes a lot more than meets the eye to be a good model in the business industry. By setting an example of integrity and innovation, others are inspired to do the same. This instructive book is a great resource on how to establish and carry out a solid moral system as well as improve productivity in the workplace.

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“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”

Good leadership and efficiency seem like similar things, but they are actually quite different. For example, efficiency is quite pointless when it isn’t being directed towards a sustainable and positive goal.  You can do even the most careless work very efficiently.  In fact, if the task at hand does not require much mental or emotional output- chances are it is able to be executed quite efficiently.

The golden balance lies in taking important and positive strides in the right direction, and having the process be as smooth and seamless as possible. This is where brainstorming a method of action is vital to the process of creating something successful- without any direction, it is impossible to narrow in on the actual objective. Covey makes a point of emphasizing how vital it is to a business or a group to first begin with the right foundation. Then, growth will occur more naturally and with fewer problems.

“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.”

The archetype of a “good boss” might look like someone with a “no bullshit” attitude, but Convey takes a different approach. In fact, fear is not at all the answer for creating a motivated and innovative workplace. It has been proven that positive reinforcement is, in fact, a more effective approach for setting expectations rather than intimidation or fear. By demonstrating an energetic, forgiving and creative

By demonstrating an energetic, forgiving and creative attitude, others will be inspired to do the same. This doesn’t mean one should adopt an “anything goes” attitude, but rather an open and loving mind that will allow others to feel comfortable to think outside of the box as well as an incentive to contribute deeply to the growth of the project.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

Coming back to the concept of efficiency, Convey explains a more thoughtful and reasonable approach to time management. It’s incredibly easy to make a to-do list of trivial and easy to accomplish tasks- which in turn misconstrues the actual level of productivity one is actually accomplishing.

Instead of aiming to cross of a long list of small tasks, put the most important goals at the top of the list. It might seem more intimidating, but it ensures one is mentally prioritizing the most serious goals- as well as putting the best part of their energy towards it.

“Instead, I have an abundance mentality: When people are genuinely happy at the successes of others, the pie gets larger.”

While competition can be useful for getting certain people motivated, it has the potential for turning hostile. Instead, focusing on working together as a team will keep the ball rolling without risking the development of negative energy. This opens more doors for new ideas and more effective problem solving.


In conclusion

Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey is a straightforward guide to establishing good habits both professionally and personally. There is no way to avoid intense pressure, problems, or conflicts when pursuing one’s dreams at times. By preparing for the worst and learning how to gracefully deal with disputes, an individual can set themselves up for accomplishing remarkable things.

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