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How do we as individuals and organizations survive and thrive amid tremendous change? Why are efforts to improve falling so short in real results despite the millions of dollars in time, capital, and human effort being spent on them? How do we unleash the creativity, talent, and energy within ourselves and others in the midst of pressure? Is it realistic to believe that balance among personal, family, and professional life is possible?
Stephen R. Covey demonstrates that the answer to these and other dilemmas is Principle-Centered Leadership, a long-term, inside-out approach to developing people and organizations. The key to dealing with the challenges that face us today is the recognition of a principle-centered core within both ourselves and our organizations. Dr. Covey offers insights and guidelines that can help you apply these principles both at work and at home -- leading to not just a new understanding of how to increase quality and productivity, but also to a new appreciation of the importance of building personal and professional relationships in order to enjoy a more balanced, more rewarding, and more effective life.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.7" Width: 4.7" Height: 1" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2002
ISBN 1929494610 ISBN13 9781929494613 UPC 076714006959
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More About Stephen R. Covey
Over his lifetime, Stephen inspired millions with the power of universal principles. As he traveled the globe many times over, his message was a simple one: for true success and meaning in life, we must be principle-centered in all areas of life. A teacher at heart, he often taught: "there are three constants in life: change, choice and principles."
From the oval office, the board room, community halls and to the school house and family room, Stephen taught the mindset, skillset and toolset found in the 7 habits of Highly effective people, his seminal work. His legacy is woven in the 7 habits, and, just as these habits are universal and timeless, so is Stephen r. Covey, who is admired around the world for his simple, yet powerful, universal, timeless teachings.
Recognized as one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, Stephen R. Covey was one of the world’s foremost leadership authorities, organizational experts, and thought leaders.
Covey was the author of acclaimed books, including the international best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which has sold more than 25 million copies in 40 languages throughout the world. Other best sellers authored by Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.
Recently released books authored by Covey include Everyday Greatness: Inspiration for a Meaningful Life (2006), The Leader in Me: How Schools and Parents Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time (2008), Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times (2009), Great Work, Great Career (2009), and The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems (2011).
Millions of people and thousands of clients throughout the world have personally experienced Covey's approach and commitment to teaching universal principles. His approach has been enormously empowering and it transcends differences of every kind--political, philosophical, religious, socio-economic, generational, gender, lifestyle, etc.
Over the years, clients from around the world—including from India, Japan, Korea, Africa, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and beyond—have commented to Stephen Covey that The 7 Habits intimately relate to their culture, country, organization, and family. He responded, "You recognize these principles because they are common to every society that prospers and endures." These universal, timeless principles have stood the test of time with millions of people around the world and will continue to do so in the future.
Stephen Covey passed away on July 16, 2012, with his loving wife, children and their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren present. His legacy to the world is Principle-Centered Leadership and his many contributions will live on through the principles he loved, taught and espoused.
Stephen R. Covey lived in Provo, in the state of Utah. Stephen R. Covey was born in 1933 and died in 2012.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Principle-Centered Leadership?
A book that will change the world if every leader reads it Aug 14, 2008
Many people would agree that what the world lacks is leadership and not resources. Mr. Covey has perfectly laid out what many academic papers and powerful speeches have lacked - substance, and practical steps.
This is an amazing attempt to significantly address the root cause of the problems of this world - the undersupply of quality leadership with principles. As the book stresses, it is imperative that political, business and organizational leaders understand and embrace fairness, commonsense, quality, ethical and dedicated leadership to drive positive political, economic, and social change across the world. This books shows how World citizens can be empowered and how the vast natural resources of the planet can be most effectively deployed. This was obviously a very inspiring book. The only problem is that I don't know how many leaders would dare to read it? (Nwankama W Nwankama)
An Interesting Model of Leadership Jun 14, 2008
I approached Stephen Covey's Principle-Centered Leadership not long after having read his famous The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Given the very high benchmark, I was a bit disappointed by the chaotic structure and repeating content. However, the key insights of Dr. Covey's teachings on leadership sum up to quite an interesting model of leadership within organizations.
The key notion of the book is that leadership, in the same way as life in general, should be governed by principles. Dr. Covey describes four levels of leadership and corresponding four key principles that should be followed by effective leaders and organizations.
Personal level. The means to becoming an effective leader on the personal level is following the principle of trustworthiness. In order to be trustworthy, you need to show character and develop competence.
Interpersonal level. Leading people, which happens on the interpersonal level, can only be successful if it is based on the principle of trust. This in turn requires that both sides of the relationship are trustworthy (showing character and competence).
Managerial level. On the managerial level, a leader can obtain best results by following the principle of empowerment. People should supervise themselves - as a manager, you should become a source of help rather than a supervisor.
Dr. Covey lists six conditions of empowerment: 1. Character 2. Skills 3. Win-win agreement 4. Self-supervision 5. Helpful structure and systems 6. Accountability
Organizational level. In the design of leadership-centered organizations, one should focus on the principle of alignment. Great organizations should be aligned on the correct principles, values, strategy, style, structure and systems.
This might be a potentially interesting read to anyone who has not read 7 Habits before. Otherwise, I would recommend only a scanning and selective read of this book to anyone interested in the topic.
Quality author, disappointing content Mar 29, 2008
Covey's follow up to his best seller does not quite merit the high regard his first work attained. Many of the topics are merely restated common themes found among even average business degrees giving the impression Covey may have been seeking to benefit off his first significant success rather than provide any fresh ideas.
I have always held to the belief that a single concept derived from a book, even if only discovered amid a single sentence, justifies the value of the book if the concept is new and profound. I did not find such a new concept among the entire book, and thus unless new to business leadership and management theory, I would not recommend this book.
Leadership Feb 8, 2008
This book is great for anyone looking to reign in their strategy for leading other's, as well as yourself. Good as a supplemental reading for secondary education.
A Must Read for All Leaders and Future Leaders Feb 2, 2008
This book is truly amazing. I first read this book in college and worked hard at applying Mr. Covey's concepts. After learning to internalize and integrate these concepts into my life I became a more focused person, learned to put my highest priorities first, and learned to become a more principle-centered "leader".
I will share one of the many key concepts that I took away from reading his book. This concept is called the "Law of the Farm." In a natural system, such as a farm, there are no shortcuts. In the spring you must plant the seed; throughout the summer you must water and cultivate the plants; then during the fall you can harvest the crops because of all the hard work you invested. You cannot trick or shortcut this natural system by doing everything last minute or you would not get the same returns. This concept holds true throughout all aspects of life (family, relationships, education, business, dieting, etc.). In the short run, these gimmicky quick fix solutions may appear to work, but in the long run these shortcut solutions simply don't work. My summary of this concept does not do the analogy justice, thus I encourage you to read the book to get a more complete explanation of this natural law.
Stephan Covey is one of my favorite authors and I recommend this book to anyone looking to become a better "leader" in any of your multiple roles (manager, spouse, parent, student, community member, etc.).
Because this book had such a profound impact on me when I was a college student, I now give this book as a gift to all my relatives who are graduating from high school and are about to attend college. My hope is that this book will help provide them guidance as they learn to become our principle-centered leaders of tomorrow.