Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012) has been an internationally respected authority on leadership, family expert, teacher, organization consultant and writer. Covey dedicated his life to teaching a way of life and leadership based on principles to build both families and organizations.
He obtained an MBA from Harvard University and a doctorate from Brigham Young University, where he was a professor of organizational behavior and business management. He also served as director of university relations and assistant to the president.
Covey wrote several successful books, including thebest-seller internationalThe 7 habits for highly effective people, named "most influential business book of the twentieth century" and one of the ten most relevant business management books of all time; a work of which more than 15 million copies have been sold in 38 languages worldwide. Among othersbestsellers Professor Covey has the following titles:First thing's first (Paidós, 2012), The 3rd alternative (Paidós, 2012),the leadership centered on principles (Paidós, 2013), Y The 7 habits of highly effective families (Paidós, 2014).
What Stephen R. Covey's theory says
Basically, our character is made up of our habits. Habits are powerful factors in our lives. Since they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly and daily express our character and generate our effectiveness ... or ineffectiveness.
As the great educator Horace Mann once said: “Habits are like strands. If day after day we braid them on a rope, it will soon be unbreakable. ” Personally, I disagree with the last part of this sentence. I know that habits are not unbreakable; it is possible to break them. They can be learned and forgotten. But I also know that doing so is not easy or fast. It is a tremendous process and commitment.
The 7 habits of highly effective people are as follows
- The habit of proactivity, it gives us the freedom to choose our response to environmental stimuli. It empowers us to respond according to our principles and values. In essence, it is what makes us human and allows us to affirm that we are the architects of our own destiny.
- Start with an end in mind, makes it possible for our life to be right, because the creation of a vision of what we want to achieve allows our actions to be directed to what is truly significant in our lives.
- Put first things first,It allows us to free ourselves from the tyranny of the urgent to devote time to activities that really make sense of our lives. It is the discipline of carrying out the important thing, which allows us to turn the vision we forged into habit 2 into reality.
- Think Win-Win,it allows us to develop a mentality of material and spiritual abundance, because it questions us the premise that life is a "zero sum game" where for me to win someone has to lose.
- Seek to understand first and be understood later, is the essence of respect for others. The need we have to be understood is one of the most intense feelings of all human beings. This habit is the key to effective human relationships and makes it possible to reach win-win agreements.
- Synergize,It is the result of cultivating the ability and attitude to value diversity. The synthesis of divergent ideas produces better and superior ideas than individual ideas. The achievement of teamwork and innovation are the result of this habit.
- Sharpen the saw,is to use the ability we have to renew ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. It is what allows us to establish a balance between all the dimensions of our being, in order to be effective in the different roles (roles) we play in our lives.
Stephen R. Covey, Paidos. The 7 habits of highly effective people.