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Principle-Centered Leadership

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Principle-Centered Leadership

Simon & Schuster,

15 min read
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What's inside?

Stephen R. Covey teaches you how to fish in the corporate pond.

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Stephen R. Covey shows how you can become a principle-centered leader, and how you can use principle-centered leadership philosophies to more effectively manage people. Principle-centered power is created when the values of the follower and leader overlap. Control is apparent, but it is not external; it is self-control. It elicits a willingness to risk doing the right things because they are valued and modelled by the leader. People follow the leader because of who he or she is. This book is full of lists, charts, diagrams and anecdotal examples to help the reader fully comprehend the ideas contained within. The cover of the book has the famous quote, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This quote encapsulates the intentions of the book. Covey wants to teach you how to fish. And he wants you to know it’s not as simple as picking a lure and casting. Good fishermen learn through years of applying their skills. Managers become good managers through years of applying principle-centered leadership. getAbstract recommends the book to managers and executives at all levels.


Characteristics of Principle-Centered Leaders

Principle-centered leadership begins with yourself and spreads out toward those you lead. There are many management techniques and tricks you can use to achieve some short-term benefits, but without strong principle-centered leadership your staff will become cynical towards each new quick-fix solution.

There are eight characteristics of principle-centered leaders. Strive to make these eight characteristics reflective of your own leadership style.

Characteristic One: Learn continually.

Educate yourself through experience. Read, seek training, take classes, listen to others and learn with both your ears and eyes. Discover that the more you know, the more you don’t know. As your circle of knowledge expands, so does your outside edge of ignorance.

Characteristic Two: Be service-oriented.

See life as a mission, not as a career. Every morning “yoke up” and put on the harness of service. Any effort to become principle-centered as an intellectual exercise will fail. You need to have a sense of responsibility and activity.

Characteristic Three: Radiate positive energy.

Be cheerful, pleasant...

About the Author

Stephen R. Covey  is an internationally respected leadership authority, teacher, organizational consultant, founder of the former Covey Leadership Center, and co-chairman of Franklin Covey Co. He has made teaching Principle-Centered Living and Principle-Centered Leadership his life’s work. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and a doctorate from Brigham Young University. He has been recognized as one of Time magazine’s twenty-five most influential Americans. His other bestsellers are The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and First Things First.

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